A new survey by Aon found that two thirds of UK employers fail to understand the impact of staff health issues


Research by Aon Employee Benefits in its 2016 EMEA Health Survey shows just 37% of UK employers understand the impact of their employee health issues. In addition, UK employers are less likely than others in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to have a defined health strategy (30% vs 40%).

The report also revealed that UK employers’ actions are out of line with their actual concerns. 63% believe their top issue is managing stress and mental health issues, while 51% suggest that physical health is their second highest health and wellbeing priority.

However, more employers have physical and social programmes to support employee wellbeing, while just 41% have an emotional or psychological programme in place.

Matthew Lawrence, chief broking officer, Health & Benefits UK and EMEA for Aon Employee Benefits, said: “Several influences are starting to drive home to employers the importance of addressing health and wellbeing. Our survey shows that 93% of UK employers agree that they are responsible for influencing employee health and changing behaviours - an increase of over 15% on the 2015 figure.

“Unfortunately, poorly thought-out strategies waste expenditure if they aren’t underpinned by data. Using data and analytics is imperative as this informs the employer about the overall health of their employee population. Using the data sets available to build a foundation level of risk profiling means informed and targeted decisions can be made around the future wellbeing strategy - and how the provision of benefits and health related services can be integrated effectively in the future. Once a programme is in place, other factors like communication and personalisation will also be key to effective delivery.”