More than half (54%) of full-time employees feel unloved at work, saying that their employer doesn’t care about their health and wellbeing as long as the job gets done.
The research by Investors in People found that this has led to less motivation in 48% of employees, and a third have considered looking for a new job as a result.
One in five (20%) admit that they have taken unauthorised sick leave in the last year, but this number rises to 27% in unhappy workers. More than one in twenty (6%) admit they have ‘pulled a sickie’ more than five times in the last year.
However, 80% of workers said they would feel more positive towards their employer if they offered better health and wellbeing benefits. Flexible hours were cited as the benefit that would make 43% of workers happier in their role. This was followed by health insurance (41%), dental insurance (23%) and the option of taking a career break or sabbatical (10%).
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said “Organisations need to see staff health and wellbeing as crucial to their business and staff retention. Our research shows that happier staff are less likely to take time off sick. What’s more, companies offering health and wellbeing perks will see real business benefits”.