Globally, almost two-thirds of companies with effective health and productivity programmes believe they perform better than their competitors. Many CGF members know that when they focus on mitigating the impact of non-communicable diseases and make it easier for their employees to pursue healthier lifestyle choices, the company does well while the employees live better lives.
The global workforce has never been in greater need of health and wellbeing support. According to a recent report published with Kin&Co on employee health, most of the world’s 3.4 billion workers are unwell, with 76% reporting they are struggling with their wellbeing. Additionally, A Harvard University study found an average return on investment (ROI) of more than 200% on investments in employee health and wellness programmes. Common strategic objectives include improving productivity, reducing “presenteeism” (when employees are at work but not fully productive due to personal health issues) and disability costs. Workers spend most of their waking time in the workplace – about one-third of the day – making it the critical environment in which to support positive behavioural change.
The coronavirus pandemic has stressed the importance in protecting employees’ health and wellbeing, not only in the workplace but also at home, with the unprecedented numbers of employees working from home during the crisis having to deal with challenges they wouldn’t normally have to face at work, including home-schooling children, isolation, lack of structure and others.
As part of our leadership agenda, caring for our employees is key. It is focused on enabling a culture of health and wellbeing through health and wellness programmes for our people, looking into ways to help drive the industry forward in a collective effort to help employees around the world pursue healthier lifestyle choices and diets. The work goes beyond simply meeting the foundational Employee Health & Wellness Commitment to covering a holistic view on health and wellbeing, and providing strategic and practical value to the wider CGF membership and their 10 million employees.
The workplace is an optimal point of intervention to contribute to the improved health and wellbeing of individuals, and through the Workforce Nutrition Alliance, co-founded by the CGF and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), organisations are coming together to support employers to adopt workforce nutrition programmes. Its goal is to positively impact three million employees in their organisations and supply chains by 2025.
We are entering a new phase for employee health and wellbeing with emerging issues and key learnings from the Covid-19 crisis. Wellbeing and mental health have been described as the epidemic within the pandemic. Our expert working group is taking the challenge to cover a holistic view on health and wellbeing, by developing KPIs to enable us to track measurable progress.