The UK is officially the 5th worst country in Europe for employee wellbeing

HULL, EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE, UK, June 27, 2022 / — Latus Health, an East Yorkshire-based occupational health company, has conducted research in 16 European countries on a variety of factors to show what stands out at the top for the well-being of employees. The data covers factors directly related to work such as average number of hours worked, flexible working options and sickness absence rate, as well as external factors related to financial security and physical and mental health . This data revealed that the UK ranked 5th for employee wellbeing among the selected European countries, with Poland being the worst, Czechia the second worst, Spain the third worst and Portugal the fourth worse.

While UK workers worked the fewest average hours per week, they also ranked worst for flexible working opportunities, with just 4.7% of employees typically working remotely. They ranked “extremely good” for sickness absence rate with an average of 4.6 days per year, compared to Germany which ranked worst with 19.9 days of absence per year linked to disease.

Jack Latus, CEO of Latus Health, said, “It is no longer enough to take a reactive approach to employee wellness. The past few years have seen a massive shift in employee priorities, and many of them relate to wellness and work-life integration. Companies that don’t invest in it will be left behind in the race to retain employees and attract top talent. »

“Companies are largely responsible for workplace conditions that contribute to employee well-being and stress. However, we are seeing more and more workplaces offer wellness benefits outside of work. Giving employees the tools to maintain and improve their health and well-being is essential for a healthier workforce,” says Jack Latus.

In financial security, the UK lagged even further, performing extremely poorly on the gross household savings rate, poorly on disposable income and moderately on average earnings. The gross household savings rate was only 7% compared to its European neighbors France (14%) and Germany (18%), but fared better than Spain (6% ).

In terms of physical and mental health, the UK ranked extremely poorly for political stability and the environment, poorly for average alcohol/tobacco expenditure, but good for stress levels compared to some European peers , however, it should be noted that 46% of people report experiencing work-related burnout.

European countries ranked worst to best for employee well-being:

Czech Republic

The top-ranking countries are perhaps unsurprising due to countries’ reputations for positive attitudes towards well-being, as well as levels of investment in this area. Due to increasing flexibility around where and how we work, employee wellness strategies have lagged in their offering for hybrid and remote workers. The development of technology-based solutions allows employees to take back control of their well-being, wherever they are. This restores the balance of responsibilities between employee and employer, giving employees more autonomy over their own health.

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