Productivity can be impacted by a myriad of factors including wage levels, infrastructure and transport. A study by Britain’s Healthiest Company, (BHC) has shown that poor employee health results in British organisations losing 23.5 days of productive time per year. Collectively, British organisations are losing a staggering £57 billion per year because of lost productivity. This is due to staff taking sick leave or staff underperforming in the workplace as a result of poor health. Staffordshire based employee benefits firm, Busy Bees Benefits discusses how organisations can avoid falling victim to lost productivity.
It has become conventional for employees to attend the workplace with an illness. A pressurised workplace combined with higher expectations means it is now unconventional to take sick leave. Whilst this may seem like an admirable trait to organisations, it can lead to lower productivity. Staff members that come into work with an illness are more likely to suffer from exhaustion, thus, resulting in performing poorly at work.
Employee Assistance Programmes help staff deal with physical health and mental health as well as legal and financial issues. The schemes provide an online help system and around the clock telephone counselling services. Whether employees are looking for legal advice on sick leave, advice for managing their illness or tips on how to implement a healthier lifestyle, an EAP scheme can help.
The scheme can also help employers to deal with staff absenteeism and illness. Organisations have more time to deal with other issues, HR departments can put their absenteeism concerns aside and people managers can receive expert advice on how to deal with specific situations like staff illness.
Whilst organisations should always welcome conversations with ill or unhealthy employees, a helping hand from an EAP aids both employer and employee during this busy winter period.
For more information on Employee Assistance Programmes, please visit http://busybeesbenefits.com/employeeassistance or call our team on 0330 333 9100 to develop a greater understanding on how the scheme can facilitate employees productivity.