Archive for June, 2017

16% of employers don’t offer mental wellbeing education or support

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16% of employers don’t offer mental wellbeing education or support

Research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare reveals that 16% of employers do not offer any form of mental wellbeing education or support for employees. The research, which surveyed nearly 300 employers earlier this year, also showed that 20% of employers do not provide any such support around physical wellbeing.

According to Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the turbulent world we’re living in is a call to action for this 16% of employers to make an investment in their workforce’s mental health and wellbeing.

“Issues such as sickness absence and declining productivity as a result of mental health issues mean that organisations need to make the most of tried and trusted systems, such as EAPs and occupational health services, that can minimise the impact of the unpredictable situations and incidents that can happen both in and outside of the workplace.

“EAPs have been repeatedly proven to help people identify and cope with the personal or work-related issues that are at the root of their mental health distress and as such can help to reduce sickness absence, improve mental wellbeing and ultimately contribute to the bottom line in terms of organisational productivity.”

Want to find out more about the Employee Benefits / Staffcare Benefits Research 2017? Just go to https://www.employeebenefits.co.uk/issues/benefits-research-2017/employee-benefitsstaffcare-benefits-research-2017/.

NEW PUBLICATION! Mental health in the workplace: advice for managers

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Mental health in the workplace: advice for managers

A new factsheet from the UK EAPA provides practical strategies for managers to support employees and constructively manage situations where mental health is contributing factor.

“Line managers are faced with numerous responsibilities relating to the guidance, support, development, discipline and performance of employees, and also hold shared responsibility for ensuring the employer’s duty of care for the welfare of their staff is delivered.

“Increasing recognition of the prevalence of mental health issues and workplace stress requires line managers to have greater awareness of sustainable strategies that address these issues and meet the requirements of both employees and the wider businesses,” said Caroline Ribeiro-Nelson, author of the factsheet, who is an experienced Psychotherapist, Consultant and Trainer and is an individual member of the UK EAPA.

You can download your own copy of the Factsheet here.

Addressing financial and mental health concerns cuts absenteeism and improves focus at the workplace

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Addressing financial and mental health concerns cuts absenteeism and improves focus at the workplace

The recently published Metlife ‘Employee Benefits Trends Study’ highlights that although embedding and uptake of wellness programmes has improved in recent months, there is a striking need to give mental health the same level of attention.

The study shows that while physical wellbeing programmes are now much better embedded within wellbeing strategies, a tremendous shift is needed within organisations as mental health becomes the fastest growing concern amongst employees. It also reinforces that the key factor that unites physical, mental and financial wellbeing is stress, highlighting the importance for employers to have a broad wellbeing offering that can tackle the various causes of stress among employees and within the workplace.

You can read more on this study and its findings relating to mental health at https://www.metlife.co.uk/EBTS2017/.

EAPs are leading the charges when it comes to supporting workplace wellbeing

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EAPs are leading the charges when it comes to supporting workplace wellbeing

According to new research from REBA, the Reward and Employee Benefits Association, employers are rolling out wellbeing strategies for their workplaces at a rate never seen before, with some adopting a highly sophisticated approach that includes strategic links to business culture and board reporting, whilst others are pulling together a collection of wellbeing initiatives.

Despite this, over half of respondents (54.8%) do not have a wellbeing strategy in place, although of this group nearly all organisations plan or wish to implement one; 45.7% plan to introduce a strategy in 2017 and 23.8% plan to introduce a wellbeing strategy in the next few years.

The study also confirms that physical and mental health dominate the wellbeing agenda among those surveyed by REBA, with an employee assistance programme being the top wellbeing initiative on offer (88.5%), closely followed by discounted or free gym memberships (77.6%) and health screenings (62.9%).

“EAPs are an effective response to the challenge of managing mental health in the workplace and have been proven to help people cope with the personal or work-related issues that are causing distress. Recent research conducted by The Work Foundation (2016) on behalf of the UK EAPA confirms the importance of EAPs in delivering a personal and professional source of support for employees that, crucially, is independent from the employer and can be relied on to be confidential. Yet an ongoing challenge for organisations offering an EAP continues to be that of increasing employees’ awareness and understanding of the services and type of support available through the programme.

“HR managers surveyed by The Work Foundation reported there is an ongoing stigma associated with the EAP, with employees perceiving it as a counselling service that’s primarily for people with mental health issues, a finding which clearly limits the use of wider EAP services such as debt management, and support for issues relating eldercare and childcare,” commented Andrew Kinder, Immediate Past Chair of the UK EAPA, who is a contributor to the REBA research report.

You can read more about the REBA employee wellbeing research at http://reba.global/files/document/96/1487613242_REBAEmployeeWellbeingResearch2017ESV_web.pdf and find out more about the development of wellbeing in the workplace.

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