Virgin Pure has found that most UK workers believe that their employers aren’t doing enough to ensure that they can eat and drink healthily while at work. Our new survey also suggests that workers would rather be provided with free or subsidised food and drink than healthcare insurance. Workers would also choose free or subsided gym membership over life insurance – most suggested that their employer doesn’t offer any support to keep up or increase their physical activity while at work.
This workplace wellbeing survey, looking at what perks make UK workers happy, suggests that not enough is being done by employers to keep their workforce fit and healthy.
UK workers take up to four times as many sick days off than other nations, according to PwC, who found that the average UK worker takes just over 9 days sick leave a year – nearly double the US average.
Sick leave costs our national economy around £100 billion a year, according to the government:
- Employers pay out £9 billion a year in sick pay
- Nearly 1 billion workers are off sick for a month or more
- 130 million working days a year are lost to sickness
- Workers are losing £4 billion a year in pay
- Taxpayers are funding £13 billion a year on health related sickness benefits
by Bob Fear