Ibec Wellbeing Survey

According to Ibec’s recent survey, Covid has accelerated business focus on workplace wellbeing. Of the 242 HR professionals who responded, 27% small businesses with less than 50 employees participated in the survey. The results showed there is a high level of support for wellbeing at senior management level (81%) and 65% have explicitly called out wellbeing in their overall business strategy in 2021, compared to 26% last year.


Findings of the survey include:  

  • 65% of company had a dedicated team or person responsible for wellbeing, versus 44% in 2020;  
  • 65% of respondents had a wellbeing communications plan for employees, versus 44% in 2020;  
  • 41% had a defined wellbeing strategy, versus 31% in 2020.  

These results reflect those from the SFA wellbeing survey earlier this year, as it was found there was a 30% rise in wellbeing initiatives among small businesses compared to 2019. Small businesses are doing what they can to support employee wellbeing through bike to work schemes, healthy eating initiatives and organising walking clubs and exercise classes. Effective wellbeing programmes do not need to be costly, and much can be done to support employees on a limited budget.


It is important to note that in this changing environment, attraction, retention, and support of employees is vital. Wellbeing initiatives, including mental, physical and emotional is becoming a key factor in individuals’ decision on where they work.


Visit our SFA website for information and advice on managing employee’s mental health and if you have any queries in relation to employee’s wellbeing you can contact Emma Crowley on 01 6051668 or emma.crowley@sfa.ie 



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