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Over a quarter of Irish workers always or often struggle financially from day to day

Written by Robert McHugh, on 9th Apr 2019. Posted in Financial

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Fresh insights into the health and wellbeing of Irish workers, collated from 9,225 health screenings carried out across industry sectors by laya healthcare, Ireland’s largest corporate health and wellbeing provider, were revealed today in the run up to Workplace Wellbeing Day which takes place on Friday, 12th April.

Struggling financially continues to be one of the main worries of Irish workers, with over a quarter (26%) saying they always or often struggle financially from day to day. Almost half (44%) of Irish workers experience anxiety some days and further 7% experiencing anxiety most days.

Over 16% of Irish workers often feel tense, anxious or upset while over 7% suffer from general anxiety most days. Less than half (44%) describe their levels of happiness as ‘Very good’, with over one in ten (11%) saying their happiness levels are ‘Fair or poor’.

Within the last six months, one in ten (13%) of workers describe regularly experiencing mood swings, which take their moods from very high to very low.

An overwhelming majority (87%) of Ireland’s workforce is now smoke free, proving a radical change in behaviours and health consciousness over the last decade. Seventy six percent of workers abide by limiting their alcohol consumption to 14 units or less per week. However, almost one in ten (7%) admit to consuming more than the recommended levels. A similar number (10%) are also worried about their drinking habits.

When it comes to physical health 48% of total males screened were classed as overweight, with 18% classed as obese while 28% of total females were classed as overweight, with 16% classed as obese.

Commenting on the results, Deputy MD at laya healthcare, D.O. O’Connor said, "It is really positive to see from the results of this research that the majority of Ireland’s workforce are looking to implement lifestyle changes and are really taking their health and wellbeing seriously. With our technology, we can now get a 360-degree view on the health and wellbeing of organisations allowing us to provide meaningful health and wellbeing programmes."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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