Work well - work health is good business
As the UK population ages and the retirement age is raised, workplace health will become increasingly important because:
- The number of people living and working with chronic conditions is likely to rise steadily.
- 40% of adults are set to be diagnosed as being obese by 2025.
- Levels of workplace absence will rise; productivity will fall, with damage to morale, competitiveness and profitability.
- Sickness absence already costs UK businesses nearly £14 billion a year and this event will show employers how they can take a few simple steps that will deliver quick wins.
Key messages for employers
- Taking an interest in employees' health and wellbeing at work has economic advantages for employers.
- Employers need to be proactive in supporting their employees in looking after their health and wellbeing and prevent work-related stress.
- Employers in the city need to develop their own workplace health strategy to minimise the numbers of staff taking sickness absence leave and also enable a speedier return to work.
- The Public Health directorate and other city council departments can provide support and information to employers across the city to help them to develop their own workplace health strategy and facilitate access to return to work/lifestyle support services.