New research from Aviva shows that nearly three in four employees have started the New Year committing to get fit. But the vast majority admit that their past attempts to make positive changes to their lifestyle have failed by the end of January.
Dr Doug Wright at Aviva says: "Evidence shows that a healthy, happy workforce offers many positive benefits. And, with employees clearly motivated to improve their health, now could be an opportune time for employers to take steps to introduce workplace wellness initiatives that help employees buck previous trends and meet their goals. Every company is different and needs to introduce initiatives that fit its own culture and requirements. Not least it should be aligned with the overall people agenda to ensure that the business understands the wider health and wellness value. While an insurance-led solution such as private medical insurance or group income protection may be right for one company, occupational health benefits may be better for another. There is no one size fits all approach but employers can tailor solutions that could mean they see staff turnover, absenteeism, accidents and stress levels fall as fast as morale, loyalty and productivity rise."