A survey was conducted by Atomik Research commissioned by One4All, ‘Health in the Workplace: A study into rewards at work and employee wellbeing’ to evaluate the value of health and wellbeing in the Irish workforce.
The survey found that two thirds of employees want to see their employers contributing more to help them with their health and wellbeing such as offering advice and free or subsidised health schemes. However in comparison to this high level of interest from employees, it was discovered that 86% of employees didn’t actually believe that their employers prioritised their health.
The survey revealed that an alarming number of workers work through their lunch break (over a quarter of the Irish workforce) while 18% of those also stated that they rarely get away from their desks at lunchtime. The reasons for this can boil down to pressure and stress – signs which employers should be mindful and aware of.
The pressure and stress felt by Irish workers has led to 39% of workers not taking any days off in the past year due to sickness. When workers do take time off work for holidays, 23% of them believe it is common practice to respond to work related emails.
Currently only 15% of workers believe that their employers see their health and wellbeing as a priority. There are very few health structures in place within organisations in Ireland. The structures that are in place and the percentage of workplaces using them are as follows:
It is crucial for employers to prioritise and emphasise health and fitness for their employees as the study showed that 72% of workers would be more likely to stay in a job if the company cared about their health needs.
The benefits of health screening can be felt by both the employer and the employee alike. Health screening is an effective way of increasing employee morale, and leads to reduced sickness and levels of absenteeism.
Smoking Cessation Programmes, Carbon Monoxide Lung Analysis, Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Alcohol Awareness/Risk Assessment, Spirometry, Celiac Testing, Weight and Stress Management.