Employers have hopes that a new online tool will slash the number of staff absences caused by stress and tiredness by giving employees a virtual health appraisal.
Employees complete online interactive questionnaires that assess their overall health and wellbeing, as well as their sleep quality, stress management, nutritional balance and levels of fitness.
They then receive a personal report with recommendations to improve their health and wellbeing. The company-wide results are anonymously aggregated to provide an overall report for the organisation, which highlights areas where improvements could have the highest positive business impact.
The tool has been developed jointly by IT services company Parity and health and wellbeing management company Vielife in an attempt to improve productivity and curb absenteeism, which averages at seven days per employee per year in the UK.
"In today's economic environment, more so than ever before, organisations are expecting more from their people - in less time," said Clive Pinder, managing director at Vielife.
"Integrated health and wellbeing management is a proven strategy in the US, but largely ignored in Europe," he added.
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