Our Wellness Wednesday Campaign

Wellness Wednesday has been a hit!

Following the success of our #wellnesswednesday campaign with our team to date, we thought we would share with you a little insight into why we decided to make it a regular thing this quarter!

It all started with an inspirational conference hosted by REC (Recruitment Employment Confederation) earlier in the year. The topic of ‘wellness at work’ was high on the agenda at the conference and has been a topic of conversation for the last few years in the world of HR.

In a recent blog post, Mental health, productivity and employee loyalty, REC highlighted some interesting statisics from the HSE’s Work related stress depression or anxiety statistics in Great Britain, 2018 :

  • 4 million working days were lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety
  • Stress, depression and anxiety accounted for
    • 44% of all work-related ill health cases
    • 57% of all working days lost due to ill health
    • The main work factors were cited as workload pressures and lack of managerial support

In the same article, REC highlighted that 31% of the UK workforce have been formally diagnosed with a mental health issue. For employers, this has had a cost of £42bn a year in lost productivity – a sizeable amount!

A poll carried out by Health Shield found that nearly three in five (57%) people had the opinion that if they had more support in their mental wellbeing from their employer, it would help them to feel more loyal, be more productive and take less time off work. In the same survey, highlighted by REC, 90% of employees said that struggling with mental health issues stopped them from thriving at work and performing to the best of their ability.

Lorraine Phair, Managing Director at Pursuit Resources Group, following this insight, wanted to ensure we put our employee’s wellbeing first. As well as a comprehensive healthcare scheme offered as part of the benefits package, Lorraine and her marketing manager, Victoria, have launched a summer wellness campaign designed not only to help boost productivity in the office – but also provide some inspiration for our clients in encouraging them to consider a wellness strategy for their workforce.

We have been running the campaign across our social media networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram,) as well as a blog posts on our website. To date, we have had some really positive feedback both from our team and our clients. Who knew walking the dog on your lunch break would make you more productive!

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References:

Mental health, productivity and employee loyalty. REC.

(https://www.rec.uk.com/news-and-policy/corporate-blog/mental-health-productivity-and-employee-loyalty)

Work related stress depression or anxiety statistics in Great Britain, 2018, HSE, published 31st October 2018. Viewed 9 May 2019

Mental health support would improve employee loyalty – Health Shield, Cover Magazine,  viewed 22/8/2018