Benefits of a healthy workforce

It is widely known that being in work is good for people’s health and wellbeing, but it’s increasingly being recognised that a healthy workforce is beneficial to employers too. By creating a positive, safe and healthy environment for employees, you can increase morale, improve your employees’ work-life balance and, in turn, positively impact your business.

How can a healthy workforce help prevent absence?

The obvious benefit of having a healthy workforce is that healthier employees are absent less often.

Healthy workers are more motivated to stay in work, recover from sickness quicker and are at less risk of long term illness.

In addition, organisations stand to make substantial cost savings by promoting health in the workplace and reducing sickness absence.

How can a healthy workforce improve business performance?

With the number of people in England and Wales of working age falling, it’s becoming increasingly important to recruit and retain staff.

By simply promoting good health among workers and creating a positive environment for work, you could reduce employee turnover and recruitment costs.

There are a number of other 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;
  • pressure on employees covering for those who are absent.

A healthy workforce can demonstrate corporate responsibility

Your customers not only expect you to have high standards of health, safety and wellbeing, but also 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.

For more information on the benefits of a healthy workplace and workforce, see the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.