Why invest in employee wellbeing?

Wellbeing at work: today’s hot-button issue

In the past few years, it has become increasingly clear that physical, mental and social wellbeing are key factors underlying employee performance and motivation. The COVID-19 public health crisis has also made it clear that for all companies, regardless of their size, a workplace wellbeing policy has become a building block for an effective HR policy.

Belgian employers

Stress-related illnesses are at an all-time high. The level of long-term absenteeism keeps on rising. With over 150,000 open vacancies in Belgium, attracting new talent and certainly retaining the current workforce has become a top priority for all employers. 

More than 7% are absent every day
426,000 Belgians are on sick leave during over 1 year
Cost of a sick employee >1,000€/day
Belgian absenteism
⅓ of long-term absences are due to stress-related conditions
Belgians are not happy at work
28% don’t feel happy at work

Belgian employees

Various studies reveal disturbing statistics about the physical, mental and social wellbeing of Belgian employees. Rapidly evolving digitalisation, difficulties combining work and family life and an increasing workload have had a clear impact: 28% of Belgians aren’t happy at work. They also count on their employers to help them recover their happiness and good health.

Average age
Physically we are 6.1 years older than our real age
Belgians are overweight
60% of Belgians are overweight
Belgians spend too much time on computers
We spend more than 8 hours a day sitting
Belgians don't eat enough vegetables
Only 1 in 3 people eat fruit or vegetables every day
Belgians have too much stress
34% experience difficulty managing work stress

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