12:00 AM, 08 01, 2016

Want workplace health and wellbeing? Incentivise It!

The new Whispers from the water cooler: what motivates employees to improve their health and wellbeing report, which surveyed 1,003 full-time employees working for large organisations has found that 53% of respondents agree or strongly agree that  their employer should be having a role in helping them to stop unhealthy behaviours.


At present a huge 86% of respondents are motivated by colleagues to improve their overall health and wellbeing at work, yet only 57% name their direct manager as a key motivating factor.


Health is an important factor at work and is key to stress management. A study of 1,388 workers commissioned by Willis PMI Group, part of Willis Towers Watson, found that stress and mental ill health are both among the top four causes of long-term absence for manual and non-manual workers, and a recent study by the British Heart Foundation found that two in every five employees say that stress at work has affected their health – so looking after your employees should be key.


You can use Gift cards to launch a health and wellbeing programme. Here’s how. 


You could offer Gift Cards for increased activity – perhaps cycling to work, attending a fitness class or another activity that suits your workforce. You can also purchase gift cards for health and fitness stores and gift them to employees with an option to pick a piece of equipment that will enhance their health and wellbeing, or you could take the strain off the grocery bill by rewarding hard work with a Gift Card for a supermarket so employees can make healthier choices without worrying about budget constraints.

The great news is that from the original study, a huge 81% of respondents saw a positive impact on their physical wellbeing as a result of participating in a workplace health and wellbeing programme, something that can only be a major plus for employees. 



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