Nearly half of employers put mental health at top of employee health agenda
Nearly half of employers have mental health at the top of their employee health agenda, according to research by Aon Employee Benefits, with the vast majority (95%) of employers expressing concern about current and future mental health issues.
In its ‘UK health survey: September 2017′ the study found that most employers (96%) see a direct correlation between employee health and performance and the same number agree that they are responsible for improving employee health behaviours.
The survey of 200 employers also found that more than three-quarters (77%) of organisations are looking to improve on their existing health and wellbeing programmes in the next 12 months.
“It’s refreshing to see that nearly half of employers (41%) have a clear view of the impact, including the cost impact, of health issues in their organisation. Employers are focusing closely on the physical and mental health of their people and are critically analysing how they are communicating their health and wellbeing benefits, services and support to their employees.
“With mental health at the top of employers’ health agenda, EAPs are, more than ever, well placed to support employees who are struggling with their mental health. EAPs are one of the quickest ways for people who are struggling with a wide range of issues to access counselling and related support services and the EAP industry has established stringent standards of professional practice and delivery that will help get employees back to work quickly, minimising their psychological distress and the impact of their mental health conditions on the workplace,” said Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.
Click here to read more about Aon Employee Benefits’ ‘UK health survey: September 2017’.