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Dissatisfied Employees Lose 77 days per year to Sickness

03 April 2024

Dissatisfied Employees Lose 77 days per year to Sickness

Vitality has found that dissatisfied employees lost over three working months - the equivalent of 77 days - due to absence and presenteeism* last year.  
The findings from Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey asked participants to rate their job satisfaction and anonymously share how fulfilled they are at their current place of work. Those who were unhappy at work – identifying as dissatisfied - were shown to lose 91% more productive time, compared to those who had said they were satisfied.  
There was a particular correlation between employee satisfaction and mental health, with dissatisfied employees more likely to be at risk of depression (21% vs 6%) and more likely to have suffered burnout (33% vs 9%). 
While employee satisfaction is complex, impacted by several factors including workloads, compensation and positive working culture, the findings highlight the importance carefully chosen benefits and a focus on health can have. In fact, nearly half (46%) of dissatisfied employees believe their employer could play a more active role in their health and wellbeing, compared to just a quarter (26%) of satisfied employees. Highlighting the importance of a health and wellbeing strategy designed around the needs of a business, with associated benefits helping to build a more productive culture and workforce. 
Pippa Andrews, Director of Corporate Business, Vitality, said “This data provides an interesting insight into how intrinsically linked a person's health and wellbeing is to their job satisfaction. This raises an important question for employers to consider - whether they can improve employee productivity, satisfaction and health, through the same set of actions. 

“Our findings point to the impact and productivity boost a business can get from prioritising health and wellbeing within their business, having a thought through strategy with interventions to support it and regular reporting and metrics.”

Jeanette Cook PhD, Principal Wellbeing Consultant, Aon, said "We are often asked for evidence that improved wellbeing improves business performance.  These results from Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace study further support the connectivity between productivity, engagement, mental health and job satisfaction.  Employers should do everything they can to understand the dynamics of these factors in their own organisation and prioritise their strategy and actions accordingly.  Incremental improvements in these areas will produce significant value."

Notes to Editors 
* Employees who turns up for work but are unable to give their best due to mental and physical health concerns.  


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