Happiness and laughter in the workplace

10 Reasons to Win Funding for Workplace Wellbeing

Employers of choice recognise that wellbeing programs don’t just payoff in terms of health – they pay good dividends to the business too.

1. 20% of employees have a mental health disorder1, which can affect productivity in many ways, including;

a. Fatigue
b. Motivational issues
c. Difficulty managing a routine
d. Difficulty performing physical job tasks
e. Difficulty managing their workload2

Helping your staff deal with these has a productivity dividend.

2. One of the most common diseases resulting in serious workers compensation claims is mental disorders6.

3. Up to 60% of absenteeism is attributable to stress-related disorders3.  Building the resilience of your team will help them deal with adversity and stress.

4. One in five employees are unhappy at work4.  Happy workers spend twice as much time focused on task then unhappy staff.

5. Up to 35% of cardiovascular disease in men and one third of depression in women can be attributed to job stress5.

6. The direct cost of workplace injury and disease in Australia has been estimated at over $7 billion per year nationally5.  Indirect costs are much higher.  Wellbeing programs reduce these.

7. Healthy employees are three times more productive than unhealthy employees8.

8. Happy workers place less emphasis on pay, stay longer in their roles and take less sick leave4.

9. Stress is also indicated in dangerous weight gain.  People in poor health perform worse at work9.

10. Healthy work programs can generate medical savings of about $3.27 and absenteeism-related savings of about $2.73 for every dollar invested7

The case for a wellbeing program is clear – keep up the good work.  Contact us if you’d like our free powerpoint to help you make your case to the executive.


1.  Australian Bureau of Statistics.  National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007.

2.  Lerner D, et al. Work performance of employees with depression: the impact of work stressors. Am J Health Promotion 24(3), 2010.

3.  Fletcher B. The epidemiology of occupational stress. In: Cooper C, Payne R, editors. Causes, Coping and Consequences of Stress at Work. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 1988:3-50.

4.  Chiumento.  “Happiness at Work Index Research Report 2007.”

5.  Vic Health.  “Workplace Stress in Victoria – Developing a systems approach”

6.  Safe Work Australia, Compendium 2007/08.

7. Health and Fitness Summit of the American College of Sports Medicine.

8.  Medibank, The Cost of Workplace Stress.

9.  Work Stress and Health: the Whitehall  II Study, 2004.

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