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There is a clear message from manufacturers that they realise a healthy and happy workforce is an effective one. Employers have also recognised that jobs within their businesses should be flexible and include career development and flexible working pathways in order that they retain staff. And in doing so, there is now clear evidence that productivity will improve as a result.

But there is still a lot more to be done and manufacturers must continue to work hard to put health and wellbeing at the heart of their business plans with 10% of the manufacturing workforce due to retire in the next three years and with the pressures of new post-Brexit immigration rules, support for skilled workers has never been more important.
Tim Thomas Make UK,  Director of Labour Market and Skills Policy
Coupled with a more general workplace wellness trend, manufacturers are investing in their health and wellbeing agendas, in a bid to build and maintain a healthy workforce and reduce absenteeism. This is clearly sending positive ripples across the sector.

Manufacturers should now look to optimise the investments they are already making through seeking practical guidance on how best to manage their health and wellbeing strategies.
Mark Fosh Divisional Director of Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing
Occupational health / Wellbeing / Industry report