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The Business Case

Promoting a healthy workplace has considerable benefits for employers and can lead to decreased absenteeism, increased productivity and improved performance as well as enhancing an organisation’s reputation and standing with staff, stakeholders and the wider community.

The Facts:

  • On average, the reported cost of absence per employee per year was £595 in 2013
  • The average level of employee absence in 2013 was 7.6 days
  • 56 000 people suffered from work-related illness in 2011/12 in the North East
  • 1.6 million working days were lost due to workplace injury and ill health in 2011/12 in the North East
  • Work-related ill health was responsible for an estimated  22.7 million working days lost in 2011/12
  • The direct cost of sickness absence to the UK economy is around £14billion per year
  • It is estimated that mental ill health costs UK employers almost £1 million per year. Identifying problems early – or preventing them in the first place, could result in cost savings of 30%
  • Physical activity programmes at work have been found to reduce absenteeism by up to 20%
  •  Job satisfaction can help to reduce staff turnover by between 10 and 25%
  • Businesses taking part in the North East Better Health at Work Award have reported average reductions in sickness absence of between 0.26 and 2.0 days per employee, depending on the length and level of participation and sector of employment
  • The North East Better Health at Work Award is an established and evidence-based  workplace health improvement programme with a high coverage (21.4%) of the working-age population in employment in the North East

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