Every business wants to be seen as being socially responsible, giving back to the community, and having an engaged workforce. But, despite this, you would be surprised how many of those same companies miss the mark completely by keeping their CSR (corporate social responsibility) programmes focused only on external issues, and ignore the wellbeing of their own employees.

What is a CSR Programme?

CSR programmes are put in place within companies to allow them to give something back to the wider community. Whether that’s in the form of local food banks, or global crisis relief efforts, it’s based on the assumption that we all have the motivation to help others. 

Having a CSR programme goes just beyond helping others though. Nowadays, when prospects are choosing which company to work for, or buy from, social responsibility is more important than ever. And, while giving back to the wider community is important, companies need to ensure this isn’t coming at the cost of their own employees wellbeing.

CSR Programmes and Employee Wellbeing

This is why tying your CSR programme in with your employee’s well-being is so important. The two go hand-in-hand in creating a rewarding work environment. And, it’s easier to implement than you might think. 

We all care deeply about those around us, and are constantly wishing we could do more to help. So, by offering charitable incentives for participation in wellness schemes, you’re helping your employees to become healthier, and enabling them to be more socially responsible.

Why is Employee Wellbeing So Important?

Between sickness, absence, and worklessness due to ill health, not focusing on employee wellbeing costs the UK economy around £100 billion a year. But, more than that, presenteeism – when someone comes to work while sick, costs £15 billion a year. That’s twice as much as absenteeism alone. The worst part, is that all that spending could be avoided for the most part. 

If your company encourages employee wellbeing, you’re investing in the overall health of your staff. You’re increasing productivity, morale, satisfaction, and engagement. In terms of your bottom line, you’re reducing unnecessary costs, and helping to increase employee retainment, diminishing hiring costs and turnover. From a holistic standpoint, you’re improving the lives of your employees, and making your company a better place to work. 

Improved emotional and physical health means employees are more likely to go the extra mile for your company. They will also be better equipped to handle the everyday stresses that can build up in a professional environment such as client demands and deadlines.

How OYNB Can Benefit Your Business

When it comes to creating stellar wellbeing programmes that your employees will love, and that will help to benefit your business, it can be difficult to find the right one for your brand. With One Year No Beer, you have a pre-built framework that your employees can use to improve their relationship with alcohol, and their overall health.

The challenge is designed to change your relationship with alcohol, so your attitude towards drinking will have been forever changed. It’s not about abstaining long-term, it is about creating healthier drinking habits. That means that not only will it impact employee well-being in the short-term, it also has long-lasting effects that can help your workforce continue to be more productive and engaged.

Trying to simply “give up alcohol” is difficult, and often a short-term fix. Without community support, mindset shifts, and a long-term plan, the results will be short lived. With OYNB, you get all that and more. So, even when the initial challenge ends, the effects will continue to stack up.

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OYNB has already had a positive impact on members workplace productivity and job satisfaction.

“I have found that I am more productive at work, have higher energy levels after a tough week on the tools, am a more considerate and patient person to be around and all of my personal relationships have improved.” – Nick

“The anxiety is gone as is the sugar craving. I now have clarity. My confidence has rocketed; I’m happy, I’m healthy. My relationships and bank balance are much improved, as is my ability to focus and be productive at work.” – Nerina

“I am happy, more productive than I can ever remember being and I am better at my job” – Erin

Why Alcohol Affects Wellbeing

There are so many misconceptions about alcohol and how it affects us, and so many of us willingly believe them as they fit into the social norms. 

  • It affects sleep. Many believe that alcohol helps them to fall asleep. The truth though, is that while it can help healthy people to fall asleep faster, it interrupts their sleep patterns, especially when it comes to REM sleep. A bad night’s sleep results in losses in concentration, productivity, and job effectiveness. 
  • It can damage employee relationships. While many of us use drinking as a social activity, it can often do more harm than good. Lowered inhibitions while intoxicated can lead to awkward situations. And, morning after grogginess may make inter-office relationships more difficult to navigate.
  • Alcohol is a depressant. Drinking may make us feel like our worries are gone for a short period, but the substance itself is actually a depressant. So, by drinking alcohol, we are actually making ourselves feel worse every time we indulge.

If you can encourage your employees to improve their relationship with alcohol, it will have a snowball effect on their overall wellbeing. Giving them access to a structured programme like OYNB will enable them to shift their mindset, live a healthier life, and boost productivity. 


If you think your organisation could benefit from a wellness program with One Year No Beer, or you would like more information on the corporate wellness opportunities with One Year No Beer, send us an email to [email protected].


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