Latus Health

Data shows UK ranks poorly for employee wellbeing while Switzerland, Netherlands and Denmark shine a light for the way forward.

Latus Health, a UK based occupational health company, has conducted research across 16 European countries, examining a variety of factors to show which comes out on top for employee wellbeing. The research considers factors relating directly to work such as average hours worked, flexible working opportunities, and sickness absence rate, as well as external factors relating to financial security and physical and mental health. This data found the UK to rank the 5th worst for employee wellbeing out of the selected European countries, with Poland ranking the worst, Czechia the second worst, Spain the third worst, and Portugal the fourth worst.

While UK workers worked the lowest amount of average hours per week, they also ranked the worst for flexible working opportunities, with just 4.7% of employees usually working remotely. They ranked ‘extremely good’ for sickness absence rate with an average of 4.6 days per year, in comparison to Germany which ranked the worst with 19.9 days of absence per year relating to sickness.

Jack Latus, CEO of Latus Health said, “It’s not enough to take a reactive approach to employee wellbeing anymore. The past years have seen a massive shift in priorities for employees, and many of these are around wellbeing and work-life integration. Businesses that don’t invest in these will be left behind in the race for employee retention and attracting top talent.”

“Businesses are largely responsible for the conditions inside of the workplace that contribute to poor employee wellbeing and stress, however, we’re seeing more and more workplaces offering benefits relating to wellbeing outside of work. Giving employees the tools to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing is essential for a healthier workforce,” says Jack Latus.

When it came to financial security, the UK further lagged behind, ranking extremely poorly for gross household saving rate, poorly for disposable income, and moderately for average salary. The gross household saving rate was just 7% in comparison with European neighbours France (14%) and Germany (18%) but fared better than Spain (6%).In terms of physical and mental health, the UK ranked extremely poorly for political stability and the environment, poorly for average alcohol/tobacco spend, but good for stress levels in comparison with some European counterparts, however, it should still be noted that 46% of people reported experiencing burnout relating to work.

European countries ranked from worst to best for employee wellbeing:

1. Poland

2. Czechia

3. Spain

4. Portugal

5. UK

6. Italy

7. Germany

8. Belgium

9. Austria

10. France

11. Norway

12. Iceland

13. Sweden

14. Switzerland

15. Netherlands

16. Denmark

The countries taking up the top spots perhaps aren’t surprising due to the countries’ reputations for positive attitudes towards wellbeing, as well as the levels of investment into this. Due to increasing flexibility around where and how we work, employee wellbeing strategies have fallen behind in their provision for hybrid and remote workers. The development of tech-based solutions allows employees to regain control over their wellbeing, wherever they may be. This restores the balance of responsibility between employee and employer, giving employees more autonomy over their own health.

Article and research compiled by Latus Health. Latus Health has already made strides to streamline and improve both the quality and efficiency of employee healthcare with the development of Yodha, the world’s first connected health platform. The UK firm has a multi-million-pound investment plan over the next three years for R&D to develop new employee wellbeing and remote health solutions, including the virtual hospital.

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