Latest findings have shown that Covid has created some unhealthy working habits, as many people are continuing to work while unwell because of a heightened ‘always on’ work culture.
A recent CIPD/Simplyhealth survey ‘Health and Wellbeing at Work’ shows that 77% of employers have observed ‘presenteeism’ – people working when unwell – in employees who are working from home in the last year.
This is slightly higher than levels of presenteeism in employees attending the workplace (75%).
The survey of 668 professionals also found ’leaveism’ – working outside of contracted hours or using annual leave to work or when ill – is an issue, with 70% of employers reporting this unhealthy behaviour over the same period.
Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser, Employment Relations at the CIPD, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on employers and individuals. Employers should take a strategic and preventative approach to wellbeing in order to tackle work-related stress and unhealthy behaviour like presenteeism and leaveism and this must be role modelled by those in senior positions. They should also recognise the important role that line managers play in supporting individuals with their health and wellbeing. Managers should be equipped with the appropriate training, support and guidance needed to do this effectively.”
Angela Sherwood, Chief People Officer at Simplyhealth, added, “As ways of working have changed for people everywhere, it’s reassuring to see more employers having a growing awareness and commitment to supporting employee health and wellbeing.
“Embracing a preventive health model reaps rewards in building a resilient, productive workforce. Employers are well-placed to make a big difference here by driving positive behaviours such as regular health checks, taking breaks, nutritional advice and increased physical activity. Initiatives like EAPs, mental health first aid programmes and resilience workshops can also drive forward a robust, well-rounded approach that provides additional support to line managers, who in turn will then be better equipped to support their teams with their health and wellbeing.”
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