Thursday 22 March 2018

Majority of workers believe employers should encourage them to be healthy

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More than one in two SMEs say that they expect no impact from Brexit
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Over three quarters of Irish workers believe that their employers should encourage their staff to be healthy, according to new research by One4all.

The research, part of One4all’s annual report into health in the workplace, found that over a third of respondents would be more likely to stay with a company which had a health and fitness programme.

Almost a fifth of those surveyed claimed it was an important factor for them when job searching.

However, while employees want their employers to encourage them to be healthy, less than one third – 32pc – of respondents agreed that their employer values their health and wellbeing.

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The benefits of a healthy workforce are apparent in the survey, with 58pc of employees saying that their productivity at work rises when they exercise regularly.

“The desire is there for Irish workers to weave health and fitness into their workday, and the onus now is on employers to take this feedback and use it to the benefit of their companies, their workers, and indeed their bottom line,” Michael Dawson, CEO, One4all, said.

The report also found that bike-to-work schemes have proved more popular with Irish companies, with 38pc of those surveyed saying that their employers provide such a programme.

However, only 30pc said that their workplace provides a secure bike area for employees who cycle.

Flexible working hours and free or subsidised health insurance were the two most important structures cited by Irish workers to improve workplace health and wellbeing.

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