Workplace wellbeing in the UK. Research from CABA found that poor workplace wellbeing in the UK resulted in 58% of the assessed employees suffer from mental health problems, from stress to anxiety and even depression. As well as the obvious risk of burning out, CABA also found that a lack of wellbeing in the workplace decreased productivity by a whopping 63%! “34% of employees consider changing jobs due to the negative impact their work environment has on their health” – David English, AJ Products. In a study of over 4.5 million people, 1 in 5 said that their place of work is not doing anything to help improve the wellbeing of the employees, and while 56% of the employers in the same study noted that an employee wellbeing strategy is indeed on their wish-list, they simply didn’t have the right guidelines or resources to implement them. David English from AJ Products explains, “Studies show investing in the wellbeing of your employees will lead to improved productivity and reduced staff turnover”. Another wellbeing in the workplace idea includes trying to incorporate more movement in the office – whether it be a standing desk or a dedicated space for yoga, allowing ease of access to physical activity encourages your employees to use them more. Introducing things like these have benefits to employers too – you probably already know that exercise releases serotonin and endorphins, and studies have found that this leads to an increase in productivity! Other simple ways to improve employee wellbeing in the workplace include encouraging staff to eat away from their desk or allowing them to have a more flexible work arrangement, giving them more time to go to the gym in the morning or participate in other physical activities during their workday. These are just some basic tactics that workplaces could try to introduce to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of employees.
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