How does our wellbeing impact productivity in the workplace?
The evidence is stark: A study published by Deloitte in 2017 found that the cost of poor mental wellbeing in the workplace amounts to £33bn-£42bn per year.
This loss is due to absenteeism (time off work; stress being the most common reason) and presenteeism (attending work whilst ill). In a more recent follow-up report (2020), Deloitte outlines the kind of changes that employers can invest and engage in to support the mental wellbeing of employees. What kind of changes and which will create genuine improvements to health, wellbeing and productivity are still unanswered questions.
An example of current research at Warwick to improve wellbeing and productivity in the workplace and in collaboration with mental health charity Mind, West Midlands Combined Authority, Coventry University and University of Birmingham University can be found at the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research centre website
Find out more about the research we're doing here at the Warwick:
At Warwick, and our mental health research is helping to influence healthcare and improve lives. Discover how our research is influencing national mental health policies, developing workplace mental health initiatives and helping improve live of millions of psychosis sufferers. Our collaborative research is helping to improve the quality of mental health care across a range of service settings and contexts.
Some examples of recent Health and Wellbeing research at Warwick can be found below in the Current Webinars, Publications and Blogs Section:
'The wealth of a nation is the mental health of its youth'
This talk will cover the different ways in which mental health and employment interact, especially in young people with emerging mental disorders.
'Policy intervention to promote the health and wellbeing of workers in small and medium sized enterprises'
Dr Lena Al-Khudairy
Dr Lena Al-Khudairy is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director in Health Technology Assessment within the Warwick Evidence Group at the Warwick Medical School. She is part of the rapid response to policy group in Applied Research Collaboration Wes Midlands. Her research interests are broadly in the areas of lifestyle factors and chronic conditions.
Dr Mark Elliott
02 June, 2020
How do we define wellbeing? Dr Mark Elliott explores the ways in which working from home has had positive and negative affects on our wellbeing.