In the words of recently-departed funny man, Ken Dodd, happiness is the greatest gift to possess. But narrowing down exactly what makes someone happy is a whole different ball game, especially when it comes to business and achieving the mystical perfect work-life balance.
On average, UK workers spend 5 hours and 41 minutes at their desks every day, sitting on the same chair, behind the same desk, week in, week out.
Research has shown that 26% of the UK population believe they do not have a good work-life balance. Pair this with the 58% who state they are “too tired” to exercise during the work week, and it’s clear we need to find ways to help employees be healthy and happy.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that 500,000 workers a year suffer a new case of ill health which they believe is caused or made worse by their work, costing employers £2.8 billion annually.
With 27 April marking On Your Feet Day, an annual event that encourages employees to sit less and stand more, Real Business hears from five executives who’ve ‘taken a stand’ against excessive sitting and fostered a culture of movement in their organisations.
Tracking employee sickness absence can help employers spot patterns – and ultimately tackle related issues to improve attendance, and business productivity.
Stress is one of the main contributors to employee absence, but there are things businesses can do to tackle this issue.
Workplaces are becoming increasingly gruelling environments, and employees need food that will nourish throughout the day in order to keep up both productivity and energy levels.
It has unfortunately become the norm to spend our lunch break at our desks. While this may seem like the most convenient way of doing things, it actually robs us of a number of important benefits.
If you habitually stay late at the office, always keep one eye on your emails and struggle to switch off at night, there’s a high possibility you could be a workaholic.
If at first you don’t succeed then try, try again, a famous poem suggests. What we don’t always take into account though is that difficult goals can sometimes be unachievable – and that constant failure can have its consequences.
Pip Hulbert, CEO of digital agency Wunderman UK, explains why wellbeing is every business’ business.