The Business in the Community – ‘Healthy People = Healthy Profits’ report for the DWP highlighted 20 case studies – advocating them as examples of UK best practise. These organisations included: Ernst & Young; First ScotRail; GlaxoSmithKline; Nationwide Building Society; Parcelforce Worldwide; Standard Life Healthcare; Stockport Council and Towry Law.
Some examples of actions taken by these businesses, and some of the results they saw, are shown below:
|Company||Some of the Actions Taken||Some of the Results Seen|
|Ernst & Young||Private health insurance, Annual health screening, Organisation-wide campaigns – often tied to community activity||Although staff numbers increased by 10%, turnover went down from 16% to 14%, Absence days lost decreased by 3%, with a direct impact on productivity|
|First ScotRail||Wellbeing Weeks featuring healthy eating advice, discounted gym memberships, smoking cessation advice. Introduction of employee lifestyle diaries and 1 to 1 advice||Absence decreased from 6.2% to 4.2% saving around £3 million per year, 40% of surveyed felt ‘well looked after’ by their employer|
|GlaxoSmithKline||Smoking cessation support, walking programmes, weight management programmes||Global work-related mental ill-health levels dropped 60%, working days lost fell 29%, performance & productivity increased 7 – 13%|
|Nationwide Building Society||Flexible working policy, free employee health screening, healthy food services, support for gym memberships||Staff turnover decreased as did employee absence producing substantial cost savings from retention rates|
|Parcelforce Worldwide||Provision of gyms, bicycle loans, sports grants. Two days annual healthcare training for every manager||Sickness absence reduced by 1/3, productivity increased by 12.5%. Overall a direct investment of £2.25 million yielded £6 million in direct cost savings|
|Standard Life Healthcare||Healthier menu in staff restaurant, subsidised after work fitness classes||Sickness absence reduced 26%, proportion of employees who smoke reduced|
|Stockport Council, Greater Manchester||Survey results showed 93% of employees were not doing the recommended 30mins of daily exercise, and 40% worked through their lunch on 2 days or more per week.||The council developed its Healthwise campaign to increase employee awareness resulting in 44% fewer days lost through sickness absence|
|Towry Law||Onsite gym & corporate rates at local gyms, subsidised healthy restaurant, health screening||Reduced absenteeism, reduced staff turnover (down 25% in 2007)|
Prof Dame Carol Black hopes that these examples will encourage other businesses to think about how it can introduce and implement changes that may make a difference within their workplace.
As she says, good health means good business and that could not be more relevant in today’s economic climate.
Read Healthy People – Healthy Business Part 1 here
A note about the author: In addition to being the Bookings Administrator for the Business School, Gemma is a qualified fitness instructor and took up running over 10 years ago. She is also a keen cyclist and recently began teaching at Bootcamp Jersey, in Millbrook.