Aon survey shows two-thirds of UK employers don’t understand impact of employee health issues

•Aon’s survey also shows UK employers are less likely than other employers in EMEA to have a defined health strategy
•UK actions out of line with concerns – stress and mental health largest priority, yet more employers have employee physical and social programmes


Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says that its 2016 EMEA Health Survey shows just 37% of UK employers understand the impact of their employee health issues. In addition, UK employers are less likely than others in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to have a defined health strategy (30% vs 40%).

Aon’s EMEA Health Survey also shows that UK employers’ actions are out of line with their actual concerns. 63% believe their top issue is managing stress and mental health issues, while 51% suggest that physical health is their second highest health and wellbeing priority. However, more employers have physical and social programmes to support employee wellbeing (57% and 55% respectively), while just 41% have an emotional or psychological programme in place.

Matthew Lawrence, Chief Broking Officer, Health & Benefits UK and EMEA for Aon Employee Benefits, said:

“Several influences are starting to drive home to employers the importance of addressing health and wellbeing. Our survey shows that 93% of UK employers agree that they are responsible for influencing employee health and changing behaviours – an increase of over 15% on the 2015 figure.

“Unfortunately, poorly thought-out strategies waste expenditure if they aren’t underpinned by data. Using data and analytics is imperative as this informs the employer about the overall health of their employee population. Using the data sets available to build a foundation level of risk profiling means informed and targeted decisions can be made around the future wellbeing strategy – and how the provision of benefits and health related services can be integrated effectively in the future. Once a programme is in place, other factors like communication and personalisation will also be key to effective delivery.”

Aon’s 2016 Health Survey is the first and largest of its type, with 500 HR directors and risk managers responding from 22 countries across EMEA. Overall, the findings pinpoint areas for improvement and make recommendations to increase the take-up of health benefits to improve measurement of the impact of health initiatives and to maximise the return on investment that firms make in employee health.

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