According to a report published today by YuLife, the tech-driven insurance company on a mission to inspire life, almost half of all UK employees (45%) believe that their workplace or working life directly influences their lifestyle decisions. The report is based on the results of a survey conducted in conjunction with YouGov, which investigated the impact of individuals’ workplaces on their lifestyle decisions, including the amount of exercise they take, the quality of their diet, and more.
Despite the clear correlation between how people work and their overall wellbeing, only 19% of UK employees think that their employers take an interest in their lifestyle decisions, highlighting a significant gap between employees’ expectations from their workplaces and today’s reality.
In addition, two-thirds (66%) of UK employees would like their employers to dedicate a block of time to improve their health and wellbeing of employees at least once a week. 47% would like this to happen more than once a week, and 15% would like this to happen every day. These findings highlight how businesses can improve employee satisfaction and meet employees’ needs by introducing designated ‘wellbeing time’.
“These findings demonstrate how central workplaces are to the way we lead our lives and how they influence our core lifestyle decisions,” said Sammy Rubin, CEO and Founder, YuLife. “How and where we work affects how we eat, sleep, and exercise, and so workplaces can and must play a leading role in helping their employees adopt healthier habits. Employees increasingly recognise that their workplaces can help them achieve positive behavioural change, and a business that addresses this need effectively is ideally placed to stave off burnout in the era of the ‘Great Resignation’.”
Additional findings from the report include:
● Workplace Stress. 45% of UK employees believe that workplace stress will increase until the end of 2022. Just 8% think workplace stress will decrease over the coming year.
● It’s a Team Game. 31% of UK employees would be more likely to make healthier lifestyle decisions if they saw their colleagues making similar changes. This is over double the proportion who said that their colleagues’ lifestyle changes would be unlikely to impact them (15%).
● Rewards Matter. 70% of UK employees would exercise more if their employer incentivized them to do so. One of the most popular motivational tools would be rewards for exercising: 21% believe that if their employer offered them vouchers from leading brands for exercising, they would be more motivated to exercise more.
● Working Out of Hours: 40% of UK employees believe that needing to work outside of regular working hours has a negative impact on their lifestyle decisions.
● Time for a Time Out. Just over a quarter (26%) of UK employees have not taken all of their allocated annual leave since March 2020 and would like to have taken more time off.
Please find a link to the full report here.