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Health and well-being at work - set of DWP Reports - Employers (RR 750), Employee's (RR 751), Working Age Population (RR 763)

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DWP Research Reports can be found at http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rrs-index.asp<

RR 750 | Health and well-being at work: a survey of employers< | read synopsis< | by: Viv Young and Claire Bhaumik

RR 751 | Health and well-being at work: a survey of employees< | read synopsis< | by: Viv Young and Claire Bhaumik

RR 763 | Attitudes to health and work amongst the working-age population< | read synopsis< | by: Suchi Collingwood

DWP Press releases on the reports -

28 July 2011 – Publication of DWP research report 750: health and well-being at work: a survey of employers<

Research is published today by the Department for Work and Pensions which presents the findings from a quantitative survey that was designed to collect robust evidence on: sickness absence; attitudes to health and work; and the promotion of health and well being at work

The key findings of the report were as follows:

  • Twenty one percent of employers did not have a system in place for recording sickness absence and this was most common amongst small employers (78 per cent of small employers have such a system in place compared with 98 per cent of medium and large employers).
  • Large employers reported a higher incidence of sickness absence than small and medium employers.
  • Nearly half of employers (48 per cent) paid Occupational Sick Pay (OSP) to some or all of their staff. Large employers (250+ employees) were most likely to provide OSP: 88 per cent compared with 71 per cent of medium employers (50-249 employees) and 47 per cent of small employers (2-49 employees). Employers that paid OSP did not always do so in the first day of absence.
  • Two-thirds of employers had not taken any actions to help employees with health problems stay in work or return to work.  Amongst the third who had taken actions, the most common were: allowing employees to work different or reduced hours; and, meetings to discuss extra help employees might need to stay in or return to work and these were most likely to be large organisations.
  • Eighty-three per cent of employers did not provide stress management advice and support and these were more likely to be small employers, private sector employers and employers where there was no trade union presence.
  • Sixty one per cent of employers offered flexible working arrangements such as flexi-time, working from home and job sharing and this was more likely to be the case amongst large employers.
  • There was strong agreement: that employers have a responsibility to encourage their employees to be physically and mentally healthy; and that there is a link between work and employees’ health and well-being. However, only a slim majority agreed that the financial benefits of investing in employee health and well-being outweighed the costs and half thought their employees would not want their employers to intervene in terms of their physical and mental health.

Notes to Editors:

  • DWP Research Report No 750 – Health and well-being at work: A survey of employers , is published today, 28th July 2011, by DWP
  • The research was conducted on behalf of DWP by Gfk NOP. The report authors are Viv Young and Claire Bhaumik
  • The report and summary are available free on the DWP website http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rrs-index.asp<
  • The report is based on a telephone survey with 2250 employers

Media Enquiries: 0203 267 5136
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28 July 2011 – Publication of DWP research report 751: health and well-being at work: a survey of employees<

Research is published today by the Department for Work and Pensions which presents the findings from a quantitative survey designed to: develop the evidence base around work and health and workplace health initiative from the employee perspective; and to provide baseline data so that progress on health and well-being at work can be measured and monitored over time.

The key findings of the report were as follows:

  • 48 per cent of respondents had taken some sick leave in the previous 12 months and the average number of days’ sickness absence was 4.5. 42 per cent of respondents reported that they had gone to work in the previous 12 months when, in their opinion, they should have taken sick leave.
  • 65 per cent of respondents reported that sick pay was paid at their normal rate of pay during their first seven days of absence. A further 10 per cent did not know their organisation’s sick pay policy. Respondents working for large (250+ employees) and medium (50-249 employees) employers were more likely than those working for small employers (2-49 employees) to report that they received full pay during the first seven days of absence.
  • Respondents were asked about health and well-being initiatives offered by their employer. The most commonly provided were more than 20 days’ leave (excluding bank holidays) (cited by 84 per cent of respondents) and employer pension scheme (70 per cent). Only 38 per cent of respondents reported having access to occupational health services. Respondents working for large public or large private sector organisations reported a higher than average number of initiatives.
  • 32 per cent of respondents reported that stress management or support was provided within their organisation. This was more prevalent amongst those working in the public sector and those working in larger organisations.  It is worth pointing out, however, that these items are linked: public sector workers were more likely than private sector workers to work in organisations with 250+ employees.

Notes to Editors:

  • DWP Research Report No 751, Health and well-being at work: A survey of employees,is published today, 28th July 2011, by DWP
  • The research was conducted on behalf of DWP by Gfk NOP. The report authors are Viv Young and Claire Bhaumik.
  • The report and summary are available free on the DWP website http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rrs-index.asp<
  • The report is based on survey responses, conducted face to face, with 2019 employees.

Media Enquiries: 0203 267 5136
Out of hours: 07659 108 883
Website: www.dwp.gov.uk

28 July 2011 – Publication of DWP research report 763: attitudes to health and work amongst the working age population.<

Research is published today by the Department for Work and Pensions which presents the findings from a quantitative survey that was designed to collect robust evidence on attitudes held amongst the working-age population towards the relationship between work and health.

The key findings of the report were as follows:

  • Just over 80% of respondents both in and not in employment believed work is good for both physical and mental health. 
  • The vast majority (91 per cent) of respondents said that they would go to work with a short term condition but significantly fewer (around 60 per cent) said they would go into work if they suffered from long-term physical and mental health conditions.  Respondents who were in employment were likely to say they would go to work under all the hypothetical scenarios posed in comparison with those not in employment.
  • 79% of respondents reported they went into work in the last 12 months despite feeling quite unwell. The top three reasons why were non-financial: “I was too busy at work”, “I wasn’t ill enough” and “I thought I would feel better if I went into work”.
  • Overall there was strong support for GPs (91%) and moderate support for employers (53%) to have a say in the length of time individuals should be signed off due to ill health. 
  • Respondents also felt employers should have a role when employees were ill, with the majority of the working-age population agreeing (>80%) that employers should take steps to help employees with long-term conditions to carry on working.

Notes to Editors:

Media Enquiries: 0203 267 5136
Out of hours: 07659 108 883
Website: www.dwp.gov.uk

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