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Kirsty Dunleavy

Head of Community Development
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Key facts and stats

An unhealthy and unhappy workforce is costly:

  • Each year 140 million working days are lost to sickness absence in the UK, costing UK businesses an estimated £29 billion.
  • Presenteeism – attending work while sick – is valued at an average cost to employers of £605 per employee per year, due to reduced productivity.
  • The financial cost to British business of mental ill health is estimated at £26 billion per year.
  • Smokers’ sick leave and smoking breaks are estimated to cost UK business £8.7 billion per year.
  • High staff turnover can incur huge recruitment and training costs, on top of lost revenue while new employees reach full productivity.


Benefits to employees

  • better physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • increased motivation
  • less sickness and quicker recovery
  • less stress and back pain
  • improved morale
  • greater work satisfaction
  • networking opportunities

Benefits to the employer

  • increased productivity
  • lower rates of early retirement due to ill health -Workplaces with a workplace health programme saw absenteeism reduced over a 9 month period by an average of 0.6 days per person.
  • reduced absenteeism and quick return to work after illness
  • fewer workplace injuries
  • greater staff retention and engaged employees
  • reduced costs to train new staff
  • improvements in communications
  • a more positive corporate image

        -British Heart Foundation  

Research and insight

Workplace Challenge: Flexible lunch break manifesto

British Heart Foundation - Benefits of workplace health

Case studies

British Heart Foundation - Tony’s story