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Introduction

In recent years, more and more employers understand the need of companies to care for their employees’ wellbeing. “For employers, focusing on their people’s wellbeing is not only

the right thing to do, it’s the smart business thing to do. When you’ve got healthy people working for you they’re more productive, more creative and take less time off work,” explains Dr Rangan Chatterjee, bestselling author, GP with 20 years’ experience, and yulife’s Chief Wellbeing Officer.

“Work has always been a force for social good,” Dr Chatterjee says. “It goes without saying that for most of us it’s the main contributor to our financial wellbeing but, in addition, work is also a major contributor to our social, mental and physical wellbeing.”

Together with employers, employees also understand how essential it is for their work to assist their wellbeing, with 53% saying they would always choose an employer which positively contributed to their wellbeing, even if it meant earning less money.

What the data says

Our research found that despite the good intentions of companies and their people’s expectations, the actual figures show that employees aren’t as supported as they should be, exposing a wellbeing gap. The greatest gap we identified was the physical wellbeing gap, at a staggering 39%. This means that although 89% of people say that work is important for their physical wellbeing, only 50% agree that their current role has a positive impact on it.

“As a doctor, I believe it’s critical that companies and organisations work with their people to close this gap,” Dr Chatterjee says. “Essentially, it’s about empowering your people to change their behaviours which not only means they feel good today, but they feel good in 6 months, in 1 year, and in 2 years’ time.”

But why is it so important for employers to care about their wellbeing gap? What drives wellbeing at work? And how can employers improve the wellbeing culture at their office?

What you get

In this series of reports, we explore the interaction between attitudes to work, health and wellbeing. We learn the key drivers of financial, mental, social and physical wellbeing, and consider what role employers can play in closing the wellbeing gap - and how they can do it.

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