You may have come across a very interesting article in last weekend’s Irish Times by Joanne Hunt, called “Whistle While you Work”. The article focused on how happy staff are more beneficial to an organisation than unhappy staff and how companies are playing a part in improving their employees happiness and indeed overall health. This article followed a conference in Dublin last week called “Are Happy Employees Healthier Employees” which was organised by the Employee Assistance European Forum. This is a widely debated employment topic right now, so if you are not familiar with the concept let us explain it in further detail and also tell you how Spectrum Health can help.
Why Are Happy Staff, More Productive Staff?
It’s no secret that a happy workforce is a considerably more productive and therefore more valuable to a company than those who are unhappy and detached from work. Yet it seems many companies have not been quick enough to identify this or perhaps have turned a blind eye to employee welfare. Many companies believe that as long as their staff are “Delivering the Goods” than the happiness and wellbeing of their staff is down to themselves. Of course there are always going to be personal problems which affect peoples lives, which in turn can affect the performance of those individuals, problems such as finances, health and relationship and family troubles. Savvy employers are realising that these problems in turn affect their organisation, so have made it their business to try and improve the overall wellbeing of their people.
So what does an unhappy workforce lead to? A study from the University of Bath, outlined how the UK was missing out on the maximum capabilities of nearly 20 million employees because they were not actively engaged in their jobs. This study estimated that the cost of this lost productivity was €30 billion a year. Yes of course, Ireland has a much smaller workforce than the UK but still these are baffling results for employers. This has alerted proactive organisations to react to unhappy staff and attempt to improve their wellbeing.
The definition of “happiness” in the workplace is expanding and changing – when asked what makes them happy in work, employees list factors that one might expect, good pay and benefits which allow them to live comfortably feature. These are basic needs but there are other factors which are important to employees also. Good health is one of the factors – so let us tell you how Spectrum Health can help you and/or your organisation with our Corporate Wellness programmes.
Corporate Wellness Programmes
As mentioned, healthy employees are happy employees and this is why we have developed a number of Corporate Wellness programmes which aim to improve the overall wellbeing of an organisations staff (at least for those who sign up & wish to participate in the programme). We provide a team of specialist healthcare professionals who can help to boost overall company productivity though these dynamic corporate health programmes.
These programmes are tailored to your needs and these programmes include expert advice from our team of dietitians, fitness instructors, physiotherapists and psychologists. So as an employer if you want to reduce days lost to illness, increase the concentration, creativity and productivity of your staff or if you just want to improve your workforce’s health and morale by promoting physical activity and exercise , we definitely have the programme for your company!
These programmes are carefully pieced together by our team of specialists and we always aim to make them as fun, engaging and interactive as possible. Any activities will be geared towards boosting individual and indeed team morale.
Your Organisation & Corporate Wellness
So having read this maybe you are thinking that the above makes sense and that your organisation would benefit from such a programme, contact us today to discuss the different programmes we have available for your organisation. We are currently running a number of these programmes and we are getting great feedback and results from them. To inquire about these programmes please email this address - firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also read more information about these programmes on our page.
So if you want to improve the happiness of your staff get in touch with us today!!