New Employee Benefits research: 68% offer counselling as a wellbeing benefit
More than two-thirds (68%) of employers offer access to counselling services or an employee assistance programme, according to research by Employee Benefits and Xerox HR Services.
The Employee Benefits Research 2016 – which surveyed a total of 338 respondents in May 2016 – found that the majority (93%) of those who offer counselling services, do so as a core benefits provision for all staff.
Almost half (49%) of employers participating in the research offer digital content on mental wellbeing, 42% on physical wellbeing, and 41% on financial wellness. In addition, around one-third offer digital content support on community and social wellbeing (35%), and 31% offer job satisfaction or career wellbeing support in this way.
“The study certainly reveals a step in the right direction for EAPs and the fact that many companies are offering support in a digital format is a clear indicator that employers are keen to provide support in innovative and flexible ways that meet the needs of their workforce”, commented Andrew Kinder, Chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.