Healthy Workplace: An Opinion Piece by Simon James, CEO, KIMS Hospital

Having healthy and motivated employees is fundamental to the success of any business.
With 42%1 of employees stating a health condition affected their work “a great deal” or “to some extent,” engaging employees in their wellbeing and providing prompt access to healthcare must be a focus for any business, irrespective of size.

It’s well-known that healthier employees are absent less, recover from sickness quicker and are more engaged delivering their organisation’s objectives. At KIMS Hospital, we know the benefits of investing in our staff’s Health and Wellbeing and in 2016, were recognised for doing so. We were one of the first healthcare organisations in Kent to receive the “Excellence Award”2 for the importance we place on the health and wellbeing of our 250 staff.

As the largest independent hospital in Kent, KIMS Hospital has been working with a number of organisations, including the Chamber of Commerce, to improve the health of local people; just as we have for our own staff.

We take very seriously our commitment to local businesses and believe we have a key role to play in delivering economic growth in Kent by helping their staff stay healthy and in work.

If you’d like to have a discussion about how KIMS Hospital might be able to help support your business’s healthcare needs, please contact us at corporate@kims.org.uk or 01622 237 727.

1. Department of Work and Pensions: Health and Wellbeing 2014
2. Excellence Award from The Workplace Wellbeing Charter and The Kent Healthy Business Awards is part of a national initiative funded by Public Health England