PwC’s 20th Annual CEO Survey reports that 83% of UK CEOs are concerned about their ability to attract people with key skills in the coming 12 months. Workplace wellbeing is central to your ability to hire and retain talent in 2017 but the UK is facing a problem.
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) figures show that 11.7 million working days were lost to work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16. Stress was the reason behind 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.
These figures support the CIPD’s 2016 Absence Management Survey which highlighted stress as the leading cause of long-term absence in the workplace. The area most affected according to the HSE is the public sector, including education and health and social care, but no industry is immune. Workload pressure, too much responsibility and a lack of support from line manager bosses are all causing stress at work.
Engaged employees mean higher productivity levels, better staff retention and a more successful talent management strategy. Here are our suggestions to improve wellbeing in your workplace.