The new Health and Wellbeing at Work report by the CIPD flags up a number of issues around employee wellbeing.
“Focus from senior leaders is waning” when it comes to standalone wellbeing strategies at work, according to a new CIPD report.
The Health and Wellbeing at Work 2023 survey illustrates that while senior management focus is higher than pre-pandemic levels, it’s still starting to dip.
“Senior leaders have the influence to transform the wellbeing culture as well as good practice in organisations,” said Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser, Employment Relations, CIPD. “Their active support for any programme is critical as they are in a position to integrate health and wellbeing priorities into an organisation’s operations.”
Just under three in ten businesses provide guidance/training for line managers on how to support people to stay at work when managing health conditions. While there is only a small positive change to wellbeing budgets, sickness absences have risen substantially. This stands at 7.8 days on average per employee per year, the highest level in a decade and two days more than in 2019 (5.8 days).
The report recommends three actions for employers moving forward. They are to:
Suff said, “Many are investing considerable resources in employee wellbeing but are not fully realising the benefits. More will realise a greater return on their investment if they take a systematic and preventative approach.”
She added, “This means getting under the skin of headline sickness rates to gather data on wider trends such as presenteeism, leaveism and employee engagement. There are several other areas where organisations could fine- tune their approach, including a stronger focus on evaluating the impact of health and wellbeing initiatives, improving the capability of line managers to support people’s mental health, and integrating wellbeing support throughout the employee lifecycle.”