Quiet quitting and staff turnover named biggest employee health and wellbeing issues

Quiet quitting health wellbeingQuiet quitting (35%) and staff turnover (34%) have been revealed to be the biggest employee health and wellbeing issues this year, according to new research from Towergate Health and Protection.

The health and wellbeing advice and solutions firm surveyed 500 HR professionals and found that quiet quitting, which is where an employee does the bare minimum their role involves without effort or enthusiasm, was the largest health and wellbeing issue that respondents have experienced.

Other employee-focused problems currently faced by businesses include hybrid working (31%), absence rates (27%) and early retirement (24%). Meanwhile, 20% said presenteeism, which is where employees continue to work when they are not really well enough to, was their biggest health and wellbeing issue, and 15% said that they did not experience any problems in this area.

Nearly three quarters (74%) stated that they offer more health and wellbeing support now than they did two years ago, with 42% stating they now offer much more assistance.

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Debra Clark, head of wellbeing for Towergate Health and Protection, said: “While health and wellbeing support has increased significantly, it is vital that it is focused on the right areas and communicated effectively to support both the business and the employee. Many of the issues businesses currently face relating to employees can be eased by carefully planned and executed health and wellbeing support.

“Employers have to do more than just put general support in place, it needs to be aimed at helping to address the specific issues that a business is facing. Just throwing money at health and wellbeing support will have very little positive impact, and very few employers can afford to do this. A strategic approach must be taken to ensure that the help they are offering not only assists the employees but supports the business with their specific issues too.”