Offering yoga classes or fruit bowls is not enough to give workers the impression that their well-being is taken care of by employers. Photo / File

Kiwi companies scored low in an index measuring how well they care for employee well-being, prompting warnings that those who don’t step up risk losing their talent in the market tense work.

A survey of 1,500 workers by the Skills Consulting Group gave employers a score of 62 out of 100, with the construction sector scoring the lowest at 55 and manufacturing the highest at 70.

Jane Kennelly, general manager of wellness at Skills Consulting Group, said the rating showed there was room for improvement.

“It really indicates where the world went last year. We had really hoped we were going to be in a stable working environment and we weren’t.”

Kennelly said that over the past few years there has been a shift from employee benefits to welfare.

“I think there is a greater understanding and appreciation that well-being is looking after everyone who comes to work rather than nice fresh fruit on the table and in yoga classes.”

She said workers wanted employers who genuinely cared about them.

Kennelly said a company called Parkable described wellness as the organization having workers with genuine bonds, connections and friendships.

“It’s not just about organizations providing all of this, but offering an environment where people can genuinely care about each other.

“In their organization, they do walk meetings and professional development plans. They do a lot of training internally, with their employees in small groups and also in larger groups.”

Kennelly said people spend a lot of time in the company of their employer, and things like knowing the names of family members and respecting an employee’s views won the day.

“It’s not just about making sure the environment is inviting, it’s about training, development, the real concern of trying to increase people’s prosperity by increasing their abilities in their jobs.

“If we get the right results at work, job satisfaction increases, people contribute more, businesses thrive and profit margins reflect that. But not only that, people’s lives improve.”

A company she knew ran workshops throughout the year on how to build a happy family life.

“Once upon a time, that would never have been thought of in a work environment, but now it’s all part of being responsible and helping people.”

Employers who ignore welfare risk having disengaged staff, she warned.

“They risk disengagement, someone shows up to do the job and nothing more than the job. They risk a lack of collegiality, problem solving as a team, all those kinds of things that are happening. their chances of staff turnover – the old adage is true, studies show that around 68% of people leave their manager. “

She said organizations that looked after their staff would be able to select talent.

“The losers will be the ones who turn a blind eye to her.”

Kennelly said the construction involved people doing very physical work and perhaps there was a perception that welfare was only about people who work in offices.

“Compliance is a big issue when it comes to the construction industry… if we achieve well-being, we will reduce absenteeism, poor workmanship, shortcuts and increase team productivity.”

The study showed that employee satisfaction levels could increase by around 11% if an organization had a proactive wellness culture.

The organization plans to conduct the research on an annual basis.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-07 17:00:00


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