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Don't underestimate the impact of staff health and wellbeing on the bottom line

With the yearly onslaught of colds and sneezes once again on our doorstep, employers are increasingly realising the benefits of long-term investment in staff health and wellbeing.

Today's attitudes towards employee health have moved far beyond the traditional concerns around health and safety risks such as dust, noise and chemicals. A more holistic approach to employee health and wellbeing, combined with a preventive approach, is paying dividends in workplaces across the country.

The benefits of having a healthy workforce are far better understood than they were even a generation ago. Healthy employees are not only likely to take fewer sick days, but are likely to be far more motivated, more productive and more committed to their employer. So while not every business can afford to provide a gym or regular health checks for staff, even offering occupational health support, flexible working options and encouraging healthy eating and exercise can all help contribute to a healthier and happier workforce.

Giving staff the tools to help manage their own health and wellbeing is another cost-effective way of managing staff health and reducing absence. British Gas has developed individual health improvement plans for staff, as well as providing support in developing personal resilience to help employees diagnose and deal with stress in the workplace.

Acas can work with you to help you improve the health and wellbeing of your staff and develop practical solutions Visit the Acas training and business solutions page for more information.

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