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Workplace health in_london_making_the_case_for_interventions

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The focus of this updated report is on the impact that workplace wellness programmes can have on ill-health

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Workplace health in_london_making_the_case_for_interventions

  1. 1. Employee Health and Wellbeing – London Making the case for interventions to improve workplace health Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London With grateful thanks to the GLA and ONS January 2018
  2. 2. Employee Health and Wellbeing – London This slide set provides an update of selected data presented in London’s business case for employee health and wellbeing, which was published in May 2012 by the Greater London Authority. The focus of the report was on the impact that workplace wellness programmes can have on ill-health. The original report is available from: https://www.london.gov.uk/what- we-do/business-and-economy/business-and-economy- publications/londons-business-case-employee Health and Work, July 2017 2 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018
  3. 3. The % of Londoners working less hours than usual due to sickness or injury in 2017 is higher than the national average There has been a downward trend in the percentage of employees working fewer hours due to sickness or injury in both London and the UK since 2001. However, this trend has levelled off in the most recent 5 years. Over the last 5 years in London, the % of employees who worked less hours than usual due to sickness or injury has been overall slightly above the national average. Health and Work, July 2017 3 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018 Source: ONS Labour Force Survey Figure 1.
  4. 4. There is more sickness absence reported in the public sector than the private sector Health and Work, July 2017 4 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018 Figure 2. The percentage of employees working fewer hours due to sickness or injury is higher in the public than the private sector in the UK. There has been a downward trend since 2001. However, this trend has levelled off in the most recent 5 years in both sectors. London follows a similar pattern, although this is less clear due to small numbers. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey
  5. 5. Health and Work, July 2017 5 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018 The percentage of working hours lost due to sickness absences increases with age In terms of demographics, the percentage of working hours lost due to sickness absences increases with age overall in the UK. There is no age breakdown for London due to insufficient sample size. Figure 3. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey
  6. 6. 6 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018 Source: ONS Annual Population Survey The health status in London is similar to England and the UK. The highest proportion of the population reporting ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ health status are the over 65s, in London, England, and the UK, followed by the 50-64 year old age group. ‘Bad’ or ‘very bad’ health status increases with age A key area of focus to be addressed by employers will be the health of employees in the older age groups, particularly in light of the ageing workforce. Figure 4.
  7. 7. Health and Work, July 2017 7 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018 The percentage of employees who worked fewer hours due to sickness or injury is higher among females than males. The rates for both sexes have declined at similar rates since 2001. However, this trend has levelled off in the most recent 5 years. Sickness or injury is higher among females than males Figure 5. Data for some quarters are unavailable due to insufficient sample size Source: ONS Labour Force Survey
  8. 8. Minor illnesses and musculoskeletal (MSK) problems account for the most working hours lost 8 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018 The most common reason for absence due to injury or sickness is minor illnesses (almost 1/3), followed by musculoskeletal (MSK) problems. The percentage of working hours lost for MSK is higher among males (24%) than females (15%).Stress, depression and anxiety account for over 7% of working hours lost. The percentages for females are higher than males for gastrointestinal problems, headaches and migraines, respiratory conditions and genito-urinary problems. Figure 6. Source: ONS Labour Force Survey
  9. 9. Useful healthy workplace resources PHE – Workplace Health Resources for employers, local government and commissioners on workplace health https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/workplace-health ROI Tool – Workplace – Wellbeing Programme/Stress Prevention Return on investment resources to support local commissioners in designing and implementing mental health and wellbeing support services https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mental-health-services-cost-effective-commissioning MIND Mentally healthy workplaces https://www.mind.org.uk/media/43247/Resource1_Mentally_Healthy_workplacesFINAL_pdf.pdf 9 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018
  10. 10. Useful healthy workplace resources London Healthy Workplace Charter The London Healthy Workplace Charter, backed by the Mayor of London provides clear and easy steps for employers to make their workplaces healthier and happier. https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/healthy-workplace-charter#acc-i-42964 Business Healthy - Supporting the health and wellbeing of City workers Business Healthy is a community and online resource for business leaders committed to improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce. www.businesshealthy.org NICE Workplace Health guidelines This guideline covers how to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, with a focus on organisational culture and the role of line managers. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng13 10 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018
  11. 11. Useful healthy workplace resources Business in the Community has partnered with Public Health England to produce the following online interconnected suite of toolkits: • The mental health toolkit for employers helps employers pick out the most valuable resources relating to mental health and develop an approach to a healthy workplace that really works. The implementation of this toolkit directly supports the 6 mental health standards advocated by the Stevenson Farmer Review: Thriving at Work • Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for employers provides practical advice for employers regarding employee musculoskeletal health and reducing workplace absence • Reducing the risk of suicide: a preventative toolkit for employers provides support and advice on how to incorporate suicide prevention into an employer’s workplace health and wellbeing framework • Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention toolkit for employers offers practical advice and support for employers in the aftermath of an employee suicide 11 Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (London) and PHE London – January 2018
  12. 12. About Public Health England Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific and delivery expertise and support. Public Health England, Wellington House, 133-155 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UG Tel: 020 7654 8000 www.gov.uk/phe Twitter: @PHE_uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/PublicHealthEngland Prepared by: Monica Acheampong, Public Health Support Manager. © Crown copyright 2018 You may re-use this information (excluding logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0. To view this licence visit: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/ or email: psi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned. Published: March 2018. PHE supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals PHE publications gateway number: 2017809. 12 Presentation title - edit in Header and Footer

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