More than half (54 per cent) of workers believe their employers don't care about staff health and wellbeing, according to a recent survey from UK human resources advisor Investors In People (IIP).
Released on February 19, the report revealed that the employers who failed to show support for health and welfare risked their staff becoming disengaged and potentially looking for a new job.
Of the employees who believed their employers didn't care, 48 per cent admitted it caused them to feel less motivated, while 33 per cent shared that they had considered leaving the organisation.
Furthermore, 13 per cent said they consciously didn't work as hard and 15 per cent actually feel resentment towards an employer who does not support corporate health.
The survey also found the rising cost of absenteeism could be influenced by not investing in employee health and wellbeing, with more than 20 per cent of respondents claiming to have 'pulled a sickie' in the past year.
Fortunately, the survey revealed 80 per cent of employees would feel more positive towards their employer if their business offered better health and wellbeing benefits.
This includes 41 per cent who chose business health insurance as the top initiative that would make them feel most satisfied and valued in their role. Dental insurance was picked as the top benefit by 23 per cent of respondents.
"Organisations need to see staff health and wellbeing as crucial to their business and staff retention," IIP Head Paul Devoy explained.
"Our research shows that happier staff are less likely to take time off sick. What's more, companies offering health and wellbeing perks will see real business benefits."
If you're interested in improving employee engagement and working relationships, consider investing in corporate health by offering business health insurance to your staff.
For more information on business health plans in Australia, contact the team at HICA today.