Vitality has announced a new collaboration with Aon to drive better wellbeing solutions among UK employers, through Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey when it relaunches in Spring 2022.
Aon and Vitality will – through Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey and its results – support businesses to recognise the health and wellbeing issues specific to their workforce, and consequently be confident in implementing wellbeing solutions that will provide the best outcomes for their employees and business.
Britain’s Healthiest Workplace, has been run by Vitality since 2012, is the UK’s largest workplace wellbeing survey. Over the past ten years the survey has been used to support organisations to understand their employees’ health and how it links to their productivity, in addition to understanding areas of strength and areas that need further support.
Previous Britain’s Healthiest Workplace studies have shown the clear link between productivity and health and wellbeing – with findings from the 2019 survey showing the UK economy lost almost £92 billion in 2019 (£91.9 billion) as a result of ill-health related absence and presenteeism in the workplace – meaning by encouraging their employees to be healthier, employers are also looking after their business. Employers can register interest for when the survey reopens in March 2022.
Greg Levine, Managing Director: Sales and Distribution, Vitality, said: “At Vitality, our core purpose is to make people healthier and enhance and protect their lives, and we’ve seen how organisations that are able to identify health and wellbeing concerns specific to their business can better target them by implementing focused interventions proven to make significant improvements to the health and wellbeing of their employees.
“We understand that changes to work practices brought about by the coronavirus pandemic have the potential to dramatically impact physical and mental health, and ultimately, performance at work – it’s never been a more important time for organisations to get this right.
“We’re delighted to work with Aon, which has a proven track record in this space, to support organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce and look forward to launching Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey with Aon in the new year.”
David Battle, CEO – UK regions, Aon, said: “At Aon, we work with our clients to help shape business decisions for the better – to protect and enrich the lives of people around the world. We believe that businesses thrive when the communities they serve and the people they employ also flourish. Our new collaboration with Vitality helps employers gain invaluable insights from data, pinpointing the real health and wellbeing issues in their workforce. This creates clarity and confidence to make better decisions, building a proactive, preventative approach, as well as a business case showing clear evidence of the need for action”.
Health and wellbeing has moved up the corporate agenda since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Aon’s Benefits & Trends Survey 2021, more than half of employers (56%) have or plan to have Board-level sponsorship for their wellbeing initiative. Aon’s Benefits & Trends Survey results also showed that there is no shortage of investment in health and benefits generally, nor is there a lack of focus on specific support; however, overall, wellbeing activity often lacks strategic focus, with only 53% of UK companies having a strategy in place.