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an ageing and increasingly diversified workforce requiring greater employer support to remain productive at work;

increasing levels of chronic disease in the general population;

rising costs of ill-health in the workplace associated with increased absenteeism and reduced performance;

external societal pressures such as growing expectations that employers will promote wellness programmes as a duty of corporate social responsibility; a need for employers to distinguish

Improving Staff health and wellbeing Staff engagement and satisfaction Staff recruitment and retention Productivity Product and service quality Brand image Customer satisfaction and loyalty

their offerings to attract recruits in an increasingly competitive labour market; and attempts by government to reduce public health expenditure.

Alongside these general factors, companies are also seeking more direct commercial benefits from investment in workplace wellbeing programmes. Some of these benefits have been documented by companies recognised as Big Tick winners in the Towers Perrin Healthy Workplaces Award category of Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence. Measured health and financial outcomes include:

Reducing Stress Sickness absence rates Staff turnover Recruitment costs Agency cover costs Health-related employee benefits Liability cover Litigation costs


“Kellogg’s was founded over 100 years ago, on a philosophy that urged people to improve their health by changing their eating habits. Around that time William Keith Kellogg stated that ‘We are a company of dedicated people making quality products for a healthier world’. Our founding principle has not changed . . . As you would expect, nutrition and diet alongside exercise and activity is an essential element of our employee programme.”

Greg Peterson, Managing Director, Kellogg’s UK

“Ensuring we offer a choice of Healthy Options within our restaurants and cafes is critical to supporting our clients drive to provide healthy working conditions for their teams. It’s also important that the ARAMARK employees have access to a range of healthy options as they often eat one or two meals of the day whilst at work. Ensuring we keep up with changes in trends and new product innovation, enables us to develop robust programmes that can benefit our entire estate”

Morag McCay, Retail Director, ARAMARK UK

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