Wexford employers should encourage staff to be healthier

By David tucker

Published 27/02/2016 | 00:00

Wexford employers should encourage their staff to be healthier according to a new national survey¹ of employees, which shows that employee wellbeing is crucial to staff retention and productivity levels.

Seven in ten (69%) employees surveyed are more likely to stay longer with employers who show an interest in their health and wellbeing while half would consider leaving employers who don't. The survey of almost 1000 employees was commissioned by the Nutrition & Health Foundation (NHF) to mark Ireland's second National Workplace Wellbeing Day on Friday, 8th April 2016. Last year hundreds of public and private sector organisations across the country participated in the Ibec supported day which aims to improve employee health by promoting better physical and nutritional wellbeing in their workplace.

The results of the Behaviour & Attitudes' study highlight the important role for employers in improving their employees' health. Three quarters of those surveyed say employers should encourage their staff to be healthier. Dr. Muireann Cullen, Nutrition & Health Foundation, organisers of Workplace Wellbeing Day says that employers are already responding. "Our study shows that about half of employers are trying to facilitate healthier lifestyles for their employees. More employees have access today to health and wellbeing initiatives within the workplace than they did in 2014²."

Commenting on the results, Small Firms Association Director, Patricia Callan said,'over 4 million days are lost in Ireland due to absenteeism by small businesses alone.'

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