48% have access to workplace wellbeing tools

Nearly half (48%) of respondents are offered tools by their employer that are designed to promote wellbeing in the workplace, according to research by Robert Half.

Its The secrets of the happiest companies and employees report, which surveyed 2,000 UK adults who work on a full or part-time basis, also found that 17% of respondents have access to counselling through their employer.

The research also found:

  • 63% of respondents experience stress in their jobs.
  • 17% of respondents are able to leave work early on a Friday, and 11% are limited in the amount of overtime they can do.
  • 17% of respondents can utilise flexible-working policies.
  • 15% of respondents have access to a subsidised gym membership, 10% of respondents have access to corporate sporting and fitness activities, and 9% can take advantage of tools that encourage physical activity, such as Fitbits or step counters.

Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half UK, said: “Starting a wellbeing programme may come at a cost but health and happiness go hand-in-hand. Creating a working environment that encourages good health fosters a more stable workforce. It also helps facilitate better team relationships, which in turn drives employee satisfaction, performance and morale.

“It’s important to remember that employees are an organisation’s most important asset. Those [organisations] that promote and protect [employees’] health are building a culture dedicated to the overall wellbeing and happiness of employees. These businesses are likely to see higher levels of staff engagement and productivity, helping them become more successful and competitive in the long term.”