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HR focus on wellbeing 'must continue'

 
HR News |  23/11/2009
HR focus on wellbeing 'must continue'Businesses are increasingly focusing on health and wellbeing, according to a new study.

Research by Buck Consultants has revealed that 50 per cent of UK firms now have a wellbeing strategy in place.

Of these, 97 per cent of businesses said they had implemented the scheme to improve productivity and reduce presenteeism.

Adrian Norris, managing director of Buck's health and productivity practice, urged HR professionals to tackle the issue of wellbeing in order to get the best of workforces.

He said: "Improving the health and wellbeing of employees is not only part of a company's duty of care to its staff, it can be a cost effective way for companies to improve their productivity and help retain top talent."

The recession has lead to an increase in workplace stress, and this is having an impact on motivation, productivity and employee churn, Mr Norris added.

Recently, the Institute of Leadership & Management warned that firms that ignore the issue of wellbeing risk creating employees who leave their hearts and mind at the door.

Posted by Jon Aspinell.

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