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UK Lags Behind


According to Kenexa’s Workforce Quality of Life Index report, published this February, the UK has some of the lowest scores in the world for employee wellbeing, languishing in the bottom 10. Shame on us.

And a study published this month in medical journal The Lancet brings more bad news, saying Brits are among the unhealthiest people in Western Europe. In response, Fraser Smart, managing director of Buck Consultants, says only 50% of UK businesses have a wellness strategy in place. “This level hasn’t changed for the last three years,” he says, “which is in contrast to the global picture where investment in wellness is growing – 62% of companies are implementing programmes to improve the health of their staff.” So, should employers be taking the lead in helping to get British workers healthier?