CORPORATE & ORGANISATIONAL WORK

Why should employers invest in promoting health and wellbeing at work?

"Because they recognise that a healthy, committed workforce is vital to business success. Investing in those elements that drive the engagement and wellbeing of your people is going to drive your business and the bottom line. If your company isn't doing this, you're missing an important business opportunity." Alex Gourlay (Chair, Business Action on Health Campaign 2009)

We all know that good health is a prerequisite for top performance and it is well accepted that healthy employees take fewer days off and are more productive. And yet studies consistently show that enormous amounts of money are lost to business each year from absenteeism and sickness. For example,

Sickness costs UK employers £8.4 billion per year, but twice as much lost by what has been termed 'presenteeism' - employees working when they are ill or not fully engaged. (BITC Workwell Campaign).

Factors which can affect attendance and performance include:

  • Stress
  • Poor quality/quantity of sleep
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Shift work + Long working hours
  • Poor diet and lifestyle
  • Health conditions
  • Environmental factors (light, noise, nature of work)

Many smart employers have taken initiatives to try to reduce the cost of employee sick days by looking to improve the health and wellness of the workplace. Gym memberships, fitness classes, stress free zones and annual health checks may be offered but unfortunately, more often than not, these prove to be ineffective, as the saying goes - you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. In other words, by simply handing an employee a gym membership you cannot just expect them to become healthier.

The easiest and more cost effective way is to help them become healthier, both physically and mentally through education and on-going support.

"Health and wellbeing is a business issue - it affects our bottom line." (Graeme Collinson, Group HSE Director, Centrica)

Being a happy, healthy and productive employee begins with a good nutrition plan, giving the body the nutrients it needs to work properly in the world we live in - a busy, demanding, and at times stressful, place.

"Healthy People = Healthy Profits" (Business Action on Health)

Nutriology can work with your organisation to help your employees improve their health and lifestyles and thus your bottom line. Our fully qualified and knowledgeable Nutritional Therapists are very experienced in dealing with the many health issues that people face in today's workplace. We offer education, advice and support, without judgement or criticism, to help your employees be the best that they can be.

We offer the choice of either one-to-one consultations, or group presentations.

One-to-one consultations: We will work with each individual to devise a personalised wellness plan that aims to improve the diet and lifestyle issues that may affecting their performance and sense of wellbeing at work. This can include a full Health Risk Analysis.

Group Presentations: We can offer short talks, workshops or seminars to groups of employees, working with your HR professionals to design an event that addresses the needs of the organisation, including issues such as:

  • Healthy eating for busy lives
  • The importance of exercise
  • Good use of breaks/lunch times
  • Quality of sleep/shift working
  • Managing fatigue and stress

"We know our business is at it's best when our people are at it's best" (Alan Walters, Vice President Human Resources, Unilever UK & Ireland)

If you are part of an organisation that is committed to the health and wellbeing of their employees please contact Nutriology now for a no-obligation initial consultation via our contact page