Seven in ten (69%) Irish people are more likely to stay longer with employers who show an interest in their health and wellbeing, while half would consider leaving employers who don’t.
This is according to a survey of almost 1000 employees which was commissioned by the Nutrition & Health Foundation (NHF) to mark Ireland’s second National Workplace Wellbeing Day on Friday, 8th April 2016.
Last year, hundreds of public and private sector organisations across the country participated in the Ibec supported day which aims to improve employee health by promoting better physical and nutritional wellbeing in their workplace.
The research shows four out of five employees point to a positive link between their health and wellbeing and their company‘s productivity.
Two in five meanwhile claim that sickness and absenteeism are a barrier to productivity within their workplace.
Furthermore, more than a third of employees (35%) surveyed said that a company’s workplace wellbeing programme is important when they are choosing a new employer.
Small Firms Association Director, Patricia Callan today commented, "Over 4 million days are lost in Ireland due to absenteeism by small businesses alone. As this research shows, employers of all sizes and from all sectors are doing a lot already."
She added, "But employers should do more to promote these initiatives and encourage staff to get involved. Workplace wellbeing is in everyone’s interest and 8th April is a good day to start."