Workplace safety, wellbeing, and health on-demand
Organizations across the world set workplace safety and wellbeing high on their priority list. As well, having a workforce health strategy is a great way to improve productivity. Let’s not forget that it saves money, and attracts and retains talent. hence, a no brainer especially in challenging times.
Workplace safety focus is not only driven by the COVID-19 pandemic or biotrust, but as well by the emergence of remote work, dispersed teams, and blended workforces.
It is important to note that as we talk about workplace safety, wellbeing and health in the digital context – health on-demand becomes a hot topic.
Many employers as well as individuals are now interested in the potential that digital health solutions offer.
A recent Mercer study mainly focused on health on-demand, conducted with 16,500 workers including 1300 senior decision makers reported interesting findings.
The study covered 7 mature countries and 6 growth markets.
Here’s a brief of some of the findings.
- Digital health and wellbeing will play a big role in keeping, engaging, and energizing workers over the next few years.
- Workers see digital health solutions as having a clear role in personalised care
- Levels of willingness to share personal health data are at n all time high. People are ready to share in return for a promise to receive higher quality and more personalised care.
- More workers in growth markets are ready for digital health now. Whereas across all markets, workers are open to digital solutions to address their needs.
Furthermore, the study reports that 95% of employers believe investment in health and wellbeing will be the same or greater priority in the future. With some of the statistics providing great insights as to the acceptance of health on-demand and digital health solutions.
The importance of workplace safety and wellbeing
Workplace safety has always been a business focus. However, today more than ever, it has a significant impact on many business KPIs.
The safer the working environment the lower are the occupational health costs, the better is employee retention, and less employee downtime.
Let’s now take a deeper dive into the importance of workplace safety. And here are the top 3 drivers of health and wellbeing initiatives as per the Mercer survey:
- Workplace safety
- Employee morale and engagement
Moreover, with stats as the below, the trend of digital health is here to consitnue:
- 57% of surveyed employers believe that digital health solutions will aid staff retention.
- 68% of those employers are likely to invest in digital health in the next 5 years
- 63% of the workers ae more confident in digital health promoted or sponsored by employers.
Digital workplace safety
With new technology and digital workplaces emerging, workplace safety tips, policies, procedures, audits and reporting are now at everyone’s fingertips.
Today, it is much easier to ensure that safety information is always up-to-date and immediately accessible to employees at risk.
Furthermore, when using the right technology, you can now design a creative communication campaign.
You can now get everyone’s attention, cast a wider reach and drive compliance and awareness.
Desire for pro-health culture
The same Mercer study shows that 43% of both workers and employers want a more “pro-health” environment at work which is very encouraging.
43% of both workers and employers want a more “pro-health” environment at work
As well, it Is interesting to note that despite concerns around data privacy, nearly 75% of workers report having some or a great deal of trust in their employers’ ability to protect personal health info.
Here’s a LINK to an infographic that summarizes the survey finding.
Future of work and workplace safety
It is no doubt that success in the future of work requires healthy, engaged employees.
Wellness has become a focus of employers, not only for the workplace but to ensure workers experience wellness in every aspect of their life.
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