What you need to know about health and wellbeing in 2019

The new CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Well-being at Work 2019 report has landed! This is the second edition of the survey, the ninth year we have worked with CIPD in this area, and the 19th report from the CIPD on workplace wellbeing. The report is based on responses from over 1,000 UK organisations that represent 3.2 million employees – making it an important part of every HR professional’s toolkit for health and wellbeing. Here are the need-to-know headlines at a glance: Absence decreases

More than nine in 10 leaders believe they need to use benefits better to retain staff

The majority (94%) of employers believe that their organisation needs to better use benefits as a strategic lever to improve employee retention, according to research by Capita Employee Benefits. The digital opportunity: Re-imagining the employee experience in benefits, a report which surveyed 200 HR and benefits professionals, 500 business leaders, including board directors, senior directors and heads of departments, and 2,031 employees in the UK, also found that 92% of employers feel that digitalisation within benefits is crucial to retain staff

A fifth of job hunters feel benefits and perks make offers more attractive

Nearly a fifth (19%) of respondents who are looking for new employment believe that benefits and workplace perks make job offers more attractive, according to research by CV Library. The online job site’s survey of 1,200 prospective employees and 300 employers also found that 21% of organisations agree that benefits and workplace perks are helpful in creating an attractive offer for candidates. Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and chief executive officer at CV Library, said: “With so much uncertainty across the job