Pioneering research reveals positive effects of corporate eyecare on health, wellbeing, and productivity

Research* carried out on behalf of Specsavers Corporate Eyecare today reveals the link between eyecare in the workplace and improved health, wellbeing, and productivity.

The independent survey of over 100 heads of UK companies and organisations, representing a minimum of 300,000 employees, shows that over three-quarters (79%) of employers believed having an eyecare policy in place helps with the overall health and wellbeing of their staff.

Furthermore, a connection has also been established between eyecare and productivity. With eyecare helping to reduce issues like eyestrain, tiredness and headaches for screen users, 84% of employers surveyed believed eyecare can help to increase productivity at work.

Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: “This is a significant outcome, which I am sure will have an impact on the way eyecare at work is perceived and valued. For many years Specsavers has extolled the worth of corporate eyecare and educated employers and employees on the wider benefits it provides. It is rewarding to see that employers themselves are now aware of the extensive impact of eyecare. For such significant numbers of respondents to see the link between eyecare and health, wellbeing, and productivity, really is ground-breaking for eyecare as a benefit.

Delving further into the figures surrounding the wider benefits of eyecare and the impact on wellbeing, 23% of employers stated that they believe eyecare in the workplace improves the morale of employees. This, coupled with the fact that just 1% of those surveyed believed that the benefits of eyecare at work lay in meeting statutory requirements, shows a key change in the way that eyecare is now viewed as a valued employee benefit in its own right.   

The full results from the health, wellbeing and productivity related questions are as follows:

Q: Eyecare helps with the detection and monitoring of serious health conditions relating to the whole body. Do you believe that having an eyecare policy helps with the overall health and wellbeing of your staff?

Answers

Total

%

Don't know

16

13.9

No

8

7.0

Yes

91

79.1

Grand Total

115

100.0

Q: As eyecare can help to reduce issues like eyestrain, tiredness and headaches for ‘screen users’, do you believe eyecare can help to increase productivity at work?

Answers

Total

%

Don't know

14

12.2

No

4

3.5

Yes

97

84.3

Grand Total

115

100.0

The figures are perhaps even stronger when viewed in full, as the majority of employers who did not agree that eyecare helps with health, wellbeing, and productivity at work, were actually not sure about the benefits, rather than being in the ‘no’ camp. This need for education about eyecare is backed up by the results on the perceptions of the employees. Just over half (52%) of employers thought that staff realised that an eyetest can monitor serious health conditions as well as checking eyesight. The full results of this question are as follows:

Q: Do you believe your staff realise that an eyetest can monitor serious health conditions and not just test their eyesight?

Answers

Total

%

Don't know

21

18.3

No

34

29.6

Yes

60

52.2

Grand Total

115

100.0

Jim Lythgow concludes: “A huge impact has been made on the way eyecare in the workplace is viewed. We are delighted with the results but are aware that there is still an educational role to be carried out among employers and employees alike – a role taken very seriously by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare.”

*Research was conducted by EMedia among 158 employers and represents between 299,827 and 511,484 employees.