Staff wellbeing and employee engagement go hand in hand. And later on this year, the UK’s biggest firms will be ranked according to how well they measure it. Business in the Community (BITC), a charity that promotes responsible business practice, is launching the ‘Workwell Benchmark’ programme for FTSE 100 companies.
Staff absence and apathy can be devastating for businesses large and small. There are of course pressures outside of the office too that can affect health but figures also show that UK professionals are increasingly working longer hours.
A survey from Regus found 69 per cent said that they work outside of their regular office hours more than they were five years ago. Wellbeing schemes also need to take in flexi- and remote-workers. Mental health is also an increasing concern for big firms, as problems can lead to long-term absence and the symptoms aren’t always easy to spot. Now 60 per cent of businesses have made it a top workforce priority to achieve high levels of employee engagement over the next year, according to the latest employment trends survey from the CBI and Harvey Nash.
With BITC research demonstrating a ‘critical link’ between HR metrics and productivity, it’s time to be transparent with the statistics. FTSE 100 firms that systematically reported absence/engagement outperformed their counterparts by 10 per cent. So what can Dorset and Hampshire firms do? We can help. Join us for our next free Bond Williams HR seminar on Wellbeing.
In this session Chris Cannon of Jelf Employee Benefits, leading independent employee benefits consultancy, will offer suggestions and action points you can implement immediately, resulting in a reduction in the cost of absence and increased employee engagement. Chris has more than 15 years’ experience in this specialist area.
In the meantime, you may like to consider an Acas training course to equip managers, supervisors and HR professionals with the necessary skills to build trust in management and engage employees. Visit the Acas Training and Business Solutions area for more information.
This two-hour seminar will be held at: Bournemouth Football Club’s Goldsands Stadium (AFC Bournemouth, Goldsands Stadium, Dean Court, Kings Park, BH7 7AF) Tuesday 30th June 2015