Staff health checks may seem like a nice-to-have or an exclusive benefit for big corporates, but did you know that they have some real, direct impacts on the success of a business?
Health and wellbeing is an essential part of any organisation’s approach to managing staff, and whilst mental health has been in focus for the last couple of years, physical health is just as important too.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at 5 reasons why businesses of any size should offer staff health checks.
1. Health checks offer great Value on Investment
When it comes to mental health, we often talk about return on investment. In fact, as we explored in a recent blog, for everyone £1 spent on mental health, businesses see a £5 return.
Whilst physical health investment still sees a positive return, a great metric to look at here is value on investment. That’s the more intangible benefits that come with a workforce that is conscious of physical health.
Employee health checks give businesses the chance to tell a great story, whether that’s to staff, customers, other industry groups, or even potential employees. Just take a look at this feedback we received from the HR Director at Gigaclear, when we visited earlier this year…
“Our goal was supporting our people to take time to pause in the day and think about their own wellbeing and self-care. By utilising the Health Check Point service, it signalled to our employees that we support them in taking breaks and creating those moments in the day where they can pause, rest and recharge.”HR Director | Gigaclear
As you can see, Gigaclear is able to show their staff exactly where their priorities lie – in supporting their health and wellbeing.
2. They’re an easy way to engage staff
One problem when it comes to wellbeing is finding ways to engage staff. Not every employee will want to get involved with a healthy eating campaign, or a physical activity session.
Employee health checks, on the other hand, offer a different proposition:
- Anyone can get involved – there’s no barrier to entry.
- Staff find out information about themselves that they couldn’t get otherwise.
- It’s time away from the workstation (and who doesn’t love that?)
- It can get weirdly competitive, in a good way.
On this last point, one stat that comes out of our employee health checks is metabolic age. Essentially, this is how efficient your body is compared to your age group, where a lower age is better. A 30-year-old with a metabolic age of 24, for example, has a good score.
Attendees at our health checks often end up comparing their metabolic ages to one another, which can be a great platform for a campaign around boosting physical health, because all of a sudden your staff are talking about their health stats.
3. They help attract new talent (and retain existing staff)
As we pointed out in our blog on supporting mental health earlier this year, a recent report found that 9 out of 10 employees rate health as their top life priority. The same study also shows that workplace benefits influence loyalty to a company for 8 out of 10 staff.
Clearly, those in the job market will value regular health checks at work based on this data, and it stands to reason that your existing staff will too.
4. Staff screening can help to reduce absence
Physical inactivity is associated with 1 in 6 deaths in the UK. That’s a very grim statistic on the face of things, but it does highlight how serious the situation is. According to government guidance, 1 in 3 men and 1 in 2 women are not active enough for good health. Basically, the more physically active we are, the better our health outlooks are (generally speaking).
High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors when it comes to our overall health (and we recently wrote a blog talking all about it), yet around 5 million people in England alone don’t know that they have the condition.
Serious conditions like hypertension, if unmanaged, could lead to long-term absences. According to the NHS, there are a range of other serious health conditions that are related to physical inactivity, too.
An employee health check offers your staff a quick and easy way to find out what their overall health looks like and what they can do to improve it. Put simply, healthier staff means less illness and therefore less absence!
5. Health checks are necessary for an ageing workforce
As of April 2022, 85% of 35-49 year olds, and 70% of 50-64 year olds are in the UK workforce. These are the age groups where the NHS recommends getting a health check because this is when problems will typically start to arise. These can include health issues such as:
- Heart disease and stroke.
- Type-2 diabetes.
- High cholesterol.
- Obesity and weight-related problems.
- Certain types of cancers.
That’s not to say that everyone in these age ranges is at risk, but someone who is over 50, for example, is much more likely to be at risk than someone under 30.
If you give your staff the opportunity to get a health check at work – convenient, eh? – it can help them to identify risks and problems before they progress into bigger concerns, allowing them to take action.
How to organise a staff health check
Fortunately for you, you don’t need to start investing in expensive medical equipment or marching your staff down to the pharmacy or their GP. Companies like us exist to take all of the hassles out of it for you.
As part of a New Leaf Health Check or Health Screen, your staff will learn plenty of important information about their health, and our practitioners are on hand to offer guidance and advice to help your staff be as healthy as they can be.
Interest in staff health checks for your workplace? Get in touch for more information.