How HR Can Drive Wellbeing And Engagement Through CSR Responsibility
Posted by Conor Hoeyon 11-August-2016 17:25:26
Up to now, a big worry for society has been about the sustainability of the environment, but in the future it's going to be about the sustainability of the health of your workforce.
In a recent survey of companies with more than 1000+ employees, 60% of finance directors and 72% of HR directors believe workplace health issues threaten UK competitiveness.
The strategic importance of driving employers? attention to health and wellbeing is through the following areas:
- Wellbeing culture
- Sustaining high performers
- War for talent
- Productivity and absence control
- Compliance and risk management
- Cost of Ill-health provision
HR Managers have a major role to play through their CSR role in the area of health and wellbeing, not only to their own organisation, but to society at large, in developing a culture and deploying ongoing programmes to encourage positive living through behavioural change.
We can?t get away from the facts in Ireland either, and the recently published ?Healthy Ireland? framework document emphasises that Ireland faces serious challenges when it comes to the health of the population. The lifestyle trends of Irish are leading us towards a very costly and unhealthy future.
See more facts:
Between 2010 and 2020 the number of people with
- - Diabetes is expected to rise by 30%
- - Constructive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by 23%
- - Hypertension by 28%
- - Coronary Heart Disease by 31%
Cancer is now the second major cause of death in Ireland with an average of 30,000 new cases every year.
As Influencers and advocates of health and wellbeing in Corporate Ireland, Human Resource Managers & Directors have a huge role to play to persuade our political leaders to transform our country's health practices into more proactive policy making, otherwise healthcare will end up being unaffordable for us all!