Health benefits are key to staff motivation
Half of full time employees think health benefits packages improve their job satisfaction, according to research by Investors in People.
The poll found that happy employees were seven per cent less likely to take an unnecessary sick day than their unhappy colleagues.
The poll found that:
- 80 per cent would feel more positive towards their employer if they offered better health and wellbeing benefits
- flexible working hours was the most sought-after benefit with 43 per cent saying it would improve job satisfaction
- health insurance (41 per cent), dental insurance (23 per cent) and career breaks (10 per cent) were other popular ways to increase employee happiness.
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said:
“Organisations need to see staff health and wellbeing as crucial to their business and staff retention. Companies offering health and wellbeing perks will see real business benefits.”
In a separate survey by Westfield Health, 74 per cent of employees said knowing their employer cared about their health would increase workplace motivation.
Paul Shires, executive director of Westfield Health, said:
“It’s clear that employers that adhere to the three Cs – consult, communicate and care – are going to have a healthier and happier workforce as a result.”