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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:

  • BHAWA participants reported a reduction in sickness absence of over 3 days for 2015-16
  • The average level of employee absence in 2016 was 4.3 days
  • Workers living in the the North East had the highest rate of sickness absence in England in 2016
  • In 2016 335 employers covering over 200,000 employees engaged with the Award
  • 137.3 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2016
  • Musculoskeletal problems were the single biggest cause of sickness absence after minor illnesses
  • The Award now covers the whole of the North East and Cumbria: sign up FREE for a healthier business
  • In 2016 15.8 million working days were lost due to mental health issues (inc stress, anxiety,depression) in the UK
  • It is estimated that mental ill health costs the UK economy almost £13 billion per year.
  • 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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