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Poor workplace wellbeing causes decrease in productivity for 63% of employees, research finds

In the battle for talent, businesses are losing valuable employees, sick of poor treatment from their bosses. New research from CABA - the charity that supports the wellbeing of chartered accountants, found that 39% of employees have left a job due to unfavourable working conditions, with others experiencing poor wellbeing in the workplace leading to reductions in productivity, mental wellbeing and workplace harmony.


The research released today found that employees were taking stark action to stop their workplaces having an adverse effect on their wellbeing. As a result of poor wellbeing, over two in five (42%) said they’d taken more sick days. 63% of employees said they’d taken longer to get jobs done due to decreased productivity and half (54%) said they’d experienced confrontations with their colleagues.


More than half of the employees surveyed – 58% – said they’d experienced reduced mental wellbeing, such as suffering with stress, anxiety or depression, due to poor personal wellbeing at work. Additionally, 74% of employees said their concentration had been affected and 53% had seen poor results or performance.


The result of this was seen in 39% of employees leaving their jobs due to their poor treatment, with women most likely to vote with their feet (43% vs 36% of men). An additional 20% of employees said whilst they’d not left, they’d come close.


Kelly Feehan, services director for CABA, commented, “The workplace is changing; it’s no longer somewhere to turn up, do a job and go home. So much more is demanded from employees nowadays with our ‘always on’ culture, so how we treat employees needs to change too. This includes motivating them, keeping them engaged and then working with them to support their health and wellbeing both in and out of work. Employers lacking a holistic wellness policy will most likely be seeing these dips in productivity and decreased employee loyalty. Employee wellbeing is not a nice-to-have, it’s a necessity if employers want to attract and retain the best talent.”


Increased workplace demands were also identified by respondents as wellbeing concerns they face every day. Two in three employees stated they worked overtime, and were not strict about leaving on time, despite how it can affect work-life balance and their productivity. An additional 67% said they looked at emails outside of working hours and 55% said they do not get plenty of sleep, despite 49% wishing they did.


Feehan concluded, “For businesses to get the best out of their workforce, they need to remind them to take care of themselves – this forms a basic duty of care. Sleep deprivation costs the economy £40 billion a year, but employers are not encouraging employees to take simple wellbeing measures such as going home on time or keeping off emails to give their brains a break. If the workforce is now going to work for longer – both in terms of hours and years – we need to ensure we’re nurturing our workforce not burning them out. Therefore, encourage them to go home on time at least three times a week and have a break for lunch, the results may speak for themselves.”


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