Welcome to the May BMG Employee Research News Update.

In this edition we continue to focus on the latest news and insights on Workplace Health and Wellbeing.

Research has found that more than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits of alcohol, and alcohol-related harm costs businesses £7.3 billion from lost work days and productivity (Alcohol Concern 2016). Businesses should therefore not ignore their role in encouraging and supporting healthy behaviours.

Latest insights from BMG’s National Employee Panel       

The BMG Research Employee Panel (made up of a representative sample of 1,000 UK employees) was surveyed in May 2017. We demonstrate the impact of alcohol-related harm on UK businesses, and why a focus on a healthy workplace can boost productivity and improve business outcomes.

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Our survey showed that…

  • Over the last 12 months, more than 44 million days of productivity were lost due to alcohol-related harm.
  • Indeed, one in five of all employees said they had at least one day off at work during this time as a result of a hangover.
  • Yet, there is still a sizeable proportion of the workforce that consumes alcohol during working hours (14%).

In the news: the best of the rest

Last orders for boozy lunches?

In April 2017, People Management featured an article outlining that workplace drinking cultures are increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

Research from think tank Demos found that 44% of young workers drink regularly with colleagues. Yet a quarter admits they feel pressure, with fears that abstaining could harm their career progression. In addition, 39% of UK workers believe lunchtime drinking is a taboo (CV-library). It is this type of pressure that makes alcohol policies so important (say Lauren Booker, Alcohol Concern): “They protect the employer and the employee, because they set out guidelines for what is and isn’t acceptable.”

Implementing a comprehensive alcohol policy enables employers to outline precise consequences of breaches, and what support mechanisms – such as employee assistance programmes, line manager toolkits and self-help assessments – are available for those who may have a more serious problem.

Informal flexible working arrangements boost organisational commitment

A study from Cass Business School and Cranfield School of Management has confirmed that flexible working can increase employee job satisfaction and organisational commitment – but the way it is delivered can determine its effectiveness.

The study of 2,665 UK employees across four private sector businesses found that flexible working practices were either set up through a formal policy or an informal negotiation between the employee and line manager. While both types of arrangement had a positive association with satisfaction and commitment, informal arrangements were more successful in terms of individual performance, because they were seen to stimulate reciprocal behaviours such as loyalty, attendance and punctuality.

What’s new at BMG Research?

Doing the simple things, often, consistently and well – lessons taken from the Employee Engagement Summit

It was great to attend the Employee Engagement Summit last week in London. There were significant sprinklings of inspiration based on the impact of technology on engagement, how to measure it, and how to enable, foster and encourage engagement in an organisation. What struck me was the last session of the day, which incorporated Rich Marsh’s presentation “Critical Success Factors in Employee Engagement: Lessons from the Coalface.” Read more

How healthy is your workforce?









BMG recognises that workplace wellbeing and employee engagement are intrinsically linked. Our analysis has found that staff who feel under excessive pressure on a daily basis are four times more likely to be disengaged at work, twice as likely to not be motivated, and a third express high levels of anxiety. Utilising BMG Research’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, your business can take that first step in improving wellbeing for improved business outcomes. Read more

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