Benefits of a healthy workforce

Category: Advice for employers

A healthy workforce can help improve both individual and organisational performance, reduce absenteeism, retain talent and enhance overall physical and mental wellbeing of your employees.

How can a healthy workforce help prevent absence?

The obvious benefit of having a healthy workforce is that healthier employees are absent less often. In Scotland, it is estimated that 2.2 million working days are lost every year through ill health.

Committing resources to prevent people being made ill by work or absent from the workplace for health reasons and putting emphasis on rehabilitation and getting people back to work can benefit both employers and employees.

By promoting health in the workplace, you could save your business an estimated £1,600 per year, the average cost of sickness absence per employee.

- Working for a healthier tomorrow, March 2008

How can a healthy workforce improve business performance?

There are a number significant benefits of a healthy workforce. By encouraging and promoting a healthy workforce, you can improve:

  • productivity
  • business performance
  • staff morale
  • employee engagement.

You will also be able to reduce:

  • accidents and work-related ill health
  • sick pay costs
  • insurance costs
  • employee turnover
  • recruitment costs
  • pressure on employees covering for those who are absent.

Demonstrating corporate responsibility

The Scottish Government, Westminster and your customers expect you to have high standards of health, safety and wellbeing, as well as be socially responsible.

If you look after your employees, as well as the wider society, your business is likely to have a more positive public image.

Healthy Working Lives has more information on how your business can benefit from a healthier, safer workforce through participating in their award programme.

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