Online health educator, The Sound Doctor has found that over 60% of companies have put something in place to look after their employee’s health and wellbeing, but just under half of all companies have not done anything about it in the last 12 months.
This primary research has confirmed the need for companies to do more to ensure the health and happiness of their employees in the workplace.
Having successfully established itself as a leading provider of bite-sized films and short audio programmes that improve the quality of life for people with long-term mental and physical health problems, to the National Health Service (NHS), The Sound Doctor is for the first time, offering these much-needed products to the private sector.
“If keeping employees healthy and happy in the workplace is not a key priority for all employers, then it should be,” said Rosie Runciman, Director and Co-founder of the Sound Company.
“We have recently conducted primary research which revealed that over 60% of corporates have put procedures in place to look after their employees’ health and wellbeing. But sadly, it also found that less than half have done absolutely nothing to support employees suffering from long-term health issues within the past year.”
Using The Sound Doctors films and audio content, will help corporates to manage sickness absence and successfully manage employees when they present with health issues.
Employees will benefit from expert knowledge about their condition and recovery which in turn will deliver better health outcomes, improved quality of life and importantly, less time off work.
Rosie believes that many employers are totally unaware that: one in three employees has a long-term health condition; one in eight has a mental health condition; one in ten has a musculoskeletal condition and 42% of all employed adults have some kind of health condition that effects how they can carry out their work activities.
“A stat which all employers should think about is that 137 million days are lost each year through employee absence. That equates to 4.3 days for every employee in the UK and costs the nation a staggering £100 billion per annum,” said Runciman.
The Sound Doctor’s substantial library of innovative and creative but structured, bite-sized, engaging film and audio content drives engagement with employees enabling them to understand and learn how to self-manage their long-term health problems.
All of the Sound Doctor’s creative, innovative film and audio material adheres to NICE guidelines, is clinically reviewed every two years and is endorsed by leading clinicians and charities.
“The quality of the product is, in my experience, unmatched anywhere in the world,” said Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor Public Health England.