Stephen Bevan of the Institute for Employment Studies provided a thought-provoking insight into the research that his organisation has been conducting into employee wellbeing that we felt was worthy of reporting.
He cited research by Oxford Economics which suggests that by 2030, a combination of an ageing demographic, later retirement and widening health inequalities mean that 40% of employees are likely to have a chronic illness that will affect their ability to work.
His research highlighted some common gaps in employer practice, including:
He mentioned lots of good practice that he has found, but the overall message was a brave, yet thought-provoking one for an Employee Benefits exhibition! Are health-related employee benefits being put in place to compete in a tight labour market or to improve employee health?
The risk is that, by pretending that health benefits are the same as health interventions, we may be convincing ourselves that we are making a difference to the workplace when we are not…
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