Employees 'less valued' in changing workplace
Thursday 9th June 2011
Nearly one in five UK employees feel their workplace has changed in the past year and their employer now cares less about their health and wellbeing, according to research by healthcare provider Simplyhealth.
Increased workloads, failure of employers to manage absence effectively and greater stringency around time off for medical appointments are cited as the main reasons.
The public sector is feeling the greater strain as 26% feel their employer cares less, compared to 13% in the private sector.
Simplyhealth's engaging employees through health and wellbeing report, surveyed Managing Directors, Finance Directors and HR Directors, alongside employees, to assess the impact that health and wellbeing has on employee engagement.
It found that more than a third of employees felt health and wellbeing was most important at work, ahead of career progression opportunities.
It also increases their loyalty, as three quarters of those who felt their employer cares about wellbeing describe themselves as very loyal. In turn, one in ten employees have left an organisation where they didn't feel their employer cared about their health and wellbeing.
James Glover, Sales and Marketing Director, Employer, said: "Health and wellbeing is highly valued by employees and a key driver in their level of job satisfaction, loyalty and motivation.
"If employers fail to recognise this, they could lose talented staff when the job market starts to recover."
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