Over a third (34%) of UK employees are working in spite of suffering from a range of ‘health and wellbeing issues’, including anxiety, depression, and stress, says George Martin

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A study commissioned by PwC has revealed, that one in four (23%) workers think that their organisation doesn’t take employee well-being seriously. This is coupled with two-fifths (39%) of respondents who have been forced to take time off work due to health issues saying that they didn’t feel comfortable talking to their employer about the issue.

Furthermore, more than half (54%) of those surveyed said that their employer doesn’t offer health benefits, even though providing these benefits could be as simple as the introduction of subsidised gym memberships or counselling.

The vast majority (83%) of workers said that their wellbeing has a profound influence on how productive they are in the workplace. Some respondents cited the pressure of dealing with customers and clients over long hours as having a significant impact on their wellbeing.

Commenting on the study, Jo Salter, a director in PwC’s People and Organisations department, said:

“It’s becoming increasingly important for organisations to provide employees with support for their emotional and physical health at work. Healthier and happier staff perform better, stay in their business longer and reduce costs and risks for organisations. Understanding and addressing the root causes of employee wellbeing is the first step to resolving the underlying issues.”

A potential solution to these health issues could be the introduction of technology to the workplace; almost half of those surveyed said that they would consider the use of an app in order to monitor and improve their wellbeing.

On the concept of using technology to assist the improvement of workers health, Salter remarked:

“Technology can be a bridge to improving wellbeing at work. Data analytics can also support and help resolve wellbeing issues by gathering team data and trends that affect wellbeing. Going through and pin-pointing insights can help bring targeted and effective change.

“To do so, employers will need to overcome the issue of trust with less than half of employees saying they would willingly accept a free piece of wearable tech if their information is shared within their organisation.”