The Health and well-being at work report is produced in partnership with Simplyhealth and examines trends in absence and health and well-being in UK workplaces.

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The eighteenth annual CIPD survey to explore issues of health, well-being and absence in UK workplaces has been produced in partnership with Simplyhealth. This year the survey has been rebranded (from the Absence Management survey to the Health and Well-being at Work survey) to reflect an increased focus on health and well-being policies and practices, although, as in previous years, it continues to monitor absence management trends, policy and practice. The survey was completed by 1,021 respondents in November 2017.

Simplyhealth have been providing cost-effective, accessible and manageable health cash plans for 145 years. Our market-leading products help businesses demonstrate real commitment to the maintenance of their employees’ health, wellbeing and everyday performance.

Simplyhealth’s health cash plans enable businesses to look after their employees, and make it easy for people to maintain their health and wellbeing, so they can look after the business.

We offer two types of preventative health cash plans:

  • Optimise: our health plan, covering a range of treatments including visits to the optician, dentist, 24/7 GP services and more

  • Denplan: our dental plan, covering all clinically necessary treatments, routine examinations, hygiene treatments, plus cover for accidents and emergencies

In 2017, Simplyhealth and Denplan united under one Simplyhealth brand and today we’re proud to be the UK’s leading provider of health cash plans, Denplan dental payment plans and pet health plans.

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Health and well-being at work

The fast-changing world of work and the constant demands it places on employers and employees means that our grasp of employee well-being can never stand still. The survey results highlight some of the key health and well-being challenges that organisations currently face and where they need to focus their efforts to build healthier workplaces.

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Health and well-being priorities

Employee well-being

Organisations vary considerably in how proactive they are in promoting employee well-being:

  • Two-fifths of employers have a standalone well-being strategy.
  • 55% say well-being is on the agenda of senior leaders.
  • Almost half report that line managers are bought into the importance of well-being.

Managing disability and long-term health conditions

Most organisations could use a wider range of approaches to manage and support employees:
  • Two-thirds of organisations have a flexible and inclusive working culture.
  • Most organisations experience challenges.
  • Developing line manager knowledge and confidence is the key challenge (56%).

Impact of technology on employee well-being

Technology has positive and negative effects on well-being: 
  • Three-quarters of organisations say the main benefit is flexible working.
  • 87% say technology affects people’s abilty to switch off out of work hours.

Absence levels

Attendance and absence trends and patterns: 
  • The average level of employee is 6.6 days per employee per year.
  • Absence is highest in the public sector (8.5 days compared with 5.6 days in private sector services).
  • Return-to-work interviews are the most popular method of managing absence. 

‘Presenteeism’ and ‘leaveism’ 

Unhealthy patterns of behaviour show that: 
  • 86% of organisations have observed presenteeism over the past 12 months.
  • Over two-thirds have noticed leaveism, such as people working when they should be on leave.
  • Around a quarter are taking steps to discourage unhealthy working patterns. 

Work-related stress and mental health

The greatest risks to employee well-being are psychological:

  • 37% of organisations report that stress-related absence has increased.
  • 55% say that reported common mental health conditions have increased (41% in 2016)
  • 51% are increasing awareness of mental health issues across the workforce compared with 31% in 2016.

CIPD Members can access pre-2015 Absence Management survey reports in our HR and L&D database

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