Employee health as the axis of business strategy

Today more than ever, in a context as particular as the one we have been going through, we welcome the fact that more and more companies seek to make data-driven decisions, in clear, precise and forceful information. Undoubtedly, data is always the starting point and a fundamental tool to be able to evaluate and reinforce strategies.

The productivity of the companies goes hand in hand with the well-being of employees and enhancing it will result in benefits not only in terms of business, but also in terms of image and perception by employees and society in general.

In these times, the integral well-being of companies is no longer a mere CSR strategy to become an imperative.

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In this sense since Wellcorp we have carried out for the first time in Argentina, the survey Healthiest Workplace. It is survey, which has already been successfully developed since 2013 in the United Kingdom and in several countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Oceania, allows to have a comprehensive view on employee health and the effectiveness of wellness policies carried out by said collaborators.

In our country, the survey was carried out between September and November 2020, through a self-administered survey, with a broad spectrum of questions covering lifestyle, physical and mental health, work engagement and productivity, and an in-depth assessment of leadership, culture and interventions of health and wellness offered by employers. Of the same 18 companies participated, from different industries, 14,500 employees were contacted and a total of 2,112 responses were obtained.

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Some of the most prominent results have to do with:

  • 55% of the respondents expressed disagreement in relation to their physical activity (54.7% do not reach the minimum healthy standard of 150 minutes per week established by the WHO and 52.5% experience a problematic situation with body weight),
  • 47.5% with the diet (only 35.8% of those surveyed show acceptable indices in the daily intake of fruits and vegetables) and,
  • 44.5% with the quality and quantity of sleep.

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On the other hand, in relation to self-assessment of the state of physical and mental health:

  • 20% of the participants show states of physical and mental health characterized as fair, bad or very bad. Linked to this: 26.2% stated that their health problems (physical or mental) affected their productivity at work.

Although 88.9% of the surveyed firms state that they reserve an annual budget for activities related to the health and well-being of their employees, there is still a long way to go.

Surveys such as the Heathiest WorkPlace and studies such as those carried out in London after the implementation of the Vitality program, show that Up to 25 days of productivity could be gained per year by having a healthy team.

In this sense, and considering that what cannot be measured is difficult to improve, we must bear in mind that a data-based strategy will be our best ally.

Undoubtedly, it will put us in an extremely important advantageous situation, when managing the integral well-being of our most valuable capital; collaborators.

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* Chief Corporate Business Officer de Wellcorp

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