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Staff support key for profitability, productivity and innovation

13 October 2017

Companies providing good environmental workplace conditions and supportive/flexible working practices are more productive, innovative and profitable, according to the latest Wellness Together report.

Comparing businesses employing staff with better physical and mental wellbeing, average gross profit margins are 3% higher than with companies recording average or neutral levels of staff wellbeing.

Profits were found to be 7% higher compared with businesses where staff rate themselves as being mentally unfit, said the report.

Organisations with a high level of flexible working practices are also more likely to have higher profitability levels.

This frequently also leads to the business demonstrating greater innovation and creativity, which is aligned with driving an 8% increase in profit compared with those with lower levels of innovative activity.

The more successful companies are also likely to have facilities such as showers, cycle parking, personal lockers, plants, quiet working spaces, variable lighting control, social amenities and workstations that promote good posture, said the report.

It also identified a 3% difference in profit margins when comparing companies with employees who feel they can influence their working conditions with those that do not.

Staff retention levels are also impacted by workplace design, with 48% of respondents saying this has a notable impact on their decision to remain with an employer.

No particularly style of working was identified as being more effective than another, but the need to offer a variety of work spaces and the ability to work from home or outside the workplace were listed as key requirements.

Wellness Together was published by Sapio Research and studied 1,000 UK office workers and 50 FM experts.

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