South African employers understand that the employee experience is a key differentiator in the war for talent.
Employee wellness programmes form an increasingly important component of that employee experience, with organisations recognising that healthy, happy employees who have achieved a good work-life balance are more productive, more likely to stay with the organisation for the longer term, more engaged and less likely to need sick leave.
The impact of effective wellness programmes in addressing sick absenteeism on its own could justify the investment. According to Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA), a South African office of just 50 colleagues could lose 400 to 750 productive days a year to sickness. Yet a wellness programme needs to be carefully defined, aligned closely with business strategy, and monitored over time to yield the desired results.
Employee wellness is key in creating an engaged and productive workforce.
There are increasing stressors that life places on people in a way that affects their ability to work well. Employers should provide support to employees so that their health, home, finances and family are taken care of, enabling them to focus on being engaged and productive at work.
At IRESS we recognise that an effective wellness programme should not only focus on a preventative and proactive approach to health, but also on other elements of wellbeing. We offer a 24-hour Employee Assistance programme to our employees, with access to psychosocial counselling and financial, legal and health advice.
Our Individual Value proposition and our generous leave benefits take into consideration the individual needs of people who are at different stages in their lives with their own unique challenges and stressors.
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