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The UK’s largest employee wellbeing survey

The latest data

A picture of the UK's workplace health

Britain's Healthiest Workplace gives us a deep insight into the health and wellbeing of employees across the UK. 

We have data from hundreds of organisations and thousands of employees. And all that data paints a picture of the UK’s workplace health. Here’s what the latest results from the survey tell us.

Businesses are losing thousands of hours

Productivity has been dropping steadily since 2014, with businesses losing over a month each year per employee. Usually this is because your employees are at work but not actually being productive:

  • In 2023, employees lost 20% of working hours
  • This represents a loss of 49.7 productive days per employee, per year
  • This is worse with lower income and younger workers
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Hybrid workers are thriving

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the working world, with hybrid working becoming the new normal for many employees.

  • Hybrid employees have the lowest loss of productive days
  • They are more active, less likely to be obese, and sleep better than office employees and full-time home-working employees.
  • Hybrid workers have better mental health than non-hybrid workers. They are less likely to suffer from depression or burn-out than those who work full-time in the office or at home.
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Younger employees are struggling to adapt to the workplace

Findings show that younger employees are:

  • More likely to suffer from depression
  • More likely to report significant financial concerns
  • More likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs

Our findings also show that employees under the age of 35 lose 48% more productive time due to absence and presenteeism than their older colleagues.

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Employees need to be made aware of support available

Lots of organisations who take part in Britain’s Healthiest Workplace offer a range of health interventions. But some employees don’t know about them.

  • On average, organisations offer 47 health interventions
  • Employees know about 70% of the interventions on offer
  • Employees use 25% of the interventions on offer
  • 85% of employees say their health improves when they use them
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Read the Financial Times 2023 report

Read the full 2023 Britain’s Healthiest Workplace report from the Financial Times.

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace board members:

  • Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP BSD – Britain’s Healthiest Workplace chair and Chair of NHSE/I Health and Well-being Advisory Group on employee health
  • Professor Dame Jenny Harries DBE – Chief Executive, UK Health Security Agency 
  • Professor Jeffery Pfeffer – Professor, Stanford University 
  • Professor Sara Singer – Professor, Stanford University
  • Chris van Stolk – Executive Vice President, RAND Europe 
  • Dr Steve Boorman CBE – Director of Employee Health, Empactis 
  • Stephen Bevan – Head, HR Research Development Institute for Employment Studies 
  • Andrew Jack – Global Education Editor, Financial Times 
  • Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE – 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology & Health, ALLIANCE Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
  • Professor Brendan Burchell – Director of Graduate Education, Department of sociology at University of Cambridge 
  • Professor Andrew Curran – Chief Scientific Advisor and Director of Research at Health and Safety Executive 
  • Shaun Subel – Director, Vitality Research Institute.