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IT company Oracle’s approach to employee wellbeing and engagement uses technology to create a unique working environment, says Andy Campbell, human capital management strategy director. The company tracks success with key metrics on enrolment, participation and staff feedback.
Few businesses take better care of their staff than the Silicon Valley success stories of the past two decades. Some technology giants have become bywords for lavish headquarters, where employees can take their pick of amenities, ranging from campus dry cleaning services and bowling alleys to on-site doctors and masseuses.
With such luxury to contend with, it is easy to think that the rest of the business world is lagging behind in the employee health and wellbeing stakes. In reality, the opposite is true.
Businesses worldwide have made enormous strides to improve the health and happiness of their employees in a remarkably short time. They might not have decked out their headquarters with gyms and free “raw food” canteens, but many enterprises – including Oracle – have undertaken initiatives that would have been deemed revolutionary only a few years ago.
It cannot be stressed how important workplace wellbeing has become to people today. Recent Oracle research found that 90% of employees say it is important that health and wellness technology and processes are used to transform corporate culture and create a unique working environment. The company has seen a reduction of £1 million in its absence costs as a direct result of wellbeing interventions.
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