Almost 14 million working days are lost to sickness absence in London every year, with average London firms losing around £250,000 a year due to ill health (calculated by sickness absence).
There is strong evidence to show that work is good for both physical and mental health and well-being. The simple fact is that if you have a job you can expect to live for longer and in better health
However this work should be ’good work’ which is healthy, safe, offers individuals some influence over how their work is done and provides a sense of self-worth.
- 1 in 6 workers is dealing with a mental health problem
- Physically active workers take 27% fewer sick days than their non-physically active counterparts
- 2 in 3 adults are either overweight or obese
- 1 in 4 adults are physically inactive
The workplace is also a great place to offer health promotion/prevention activities and encourage people to take responsibility for their own health and support them to make healthy choices for their families.
The business case of having healthy, fit and committed staff are now widely recognised by employers including improved productivity, fewer accidents, lower absence rates, employees engaged and committed to the business, fitter employees as they grow older. Find out more about the London Healthy Workplace Charter and join 28 companies in Kingston who have been accredited including Kingston Voluntary Action.
You and your charity will be supported all the way with:
- guidance as you review and develop all that you do to create a healthy workplace
- signposting to relevant guidance and no- and low-cost ways to encourage your staff to look after their health
- advice and feedback as you complete your accreditation application
Health and Wellbeing Network
This presentation was first shown at the Network Meeting in April 2018. With many thanks to Louise Gallagher, from Public Health Kingston, who shared the information.