Wellbeing schemes "highly valued" among jobseekers

21-08-2008

Wellbeing schemes
Employees and jobseekers place a lot of importance on health schemes implemented in the workplace, an expert has claimed.

Oval Healthcare has advised that offering counselling as well as smoking and drinking cessation schemes, can help to reduce levels of stress as well as staff absence, hrzone.co.uk reported.

However, a recent survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development suggested larger firms and public-sector companies are the most likely to be able to offer extensive healthcare extras.

Matt Millard, divisional director at the company, said: "Studies have shown that employees value health benefits very highly when looking for a job, so they can be a useful tool in recruiting."

He also highlighted that a healthier workforce decreases the likelihood of businesses being hit by "expensive lawsuits" associated with stress and illness.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Accountants' latest report showed that 84 per cent of employees asked believe their work environment affects their happiness and morale.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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