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97% of employers are offering an EAP, says new research

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in mental health

97% of employers are offering an EAP, says new research

An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is part of nearly every (97%) employer’s strategy to support mental health in the workplace, according to the latest Employee Benefits / Health Shield Healthcare research.

The survey of 121 employers earlier this year highlighted that line managers are considered by many to play a key role in supporting the mental health of employees, although notably just one-third (34%) of respondents’ organisations were offering specific training for line managers to do this.

Alongside EAPs, other sources of support in the workplace identified in the research include on-site occupational health (32%) and specialist counselling services (36%).

Interestingly, 27% of employers also have employee networks or champions in place to support mental health in the workplace, helping to break down stigmas associated with mental health issues in the workplace and encouraging conversation about these problems.

Commenting on these research findings, Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association, said:

“As the overwhelming majority of employers in the UK have recognised, EAPs can play an important role in promoting a healthy attitude towards mental health among employees and line managers. The fast-track access available to clinical support via the EAP enables those affected by mental health issues to get support in a confidential setting. The EAP can also equip individuals and line managers with strategies to deal with mental health and the confidence to discuss mental health problems with colleagues and their managers.”

You can read the full research here.

Research shows employers are missing out on benefits of EAPs

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in News

Research shows employers are missing out on benefits of EAPs

An article recently published by ‘Occupational Health & Wellbeing’ confirms that whilst EAPs are valued by employees, employers are not yet gaining the potential benefits of these important health and wellbeing programmes.

The article, which highlights findings from the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association’s recent research with the Work Foundation, reports the perception among research respondents that EAPs regard the EAP as an ‘insurance policy’ and a back up for when issues do arise in the workplace.

A major finding from the research was the missed opportunity that many organisations experience when it comes to EAPs; that they have great potential as a wider service for wellbeing and engagement, tackling issues that affect organisational performance and productivity as a whole.

You can read the full article here.

Men more likely to experience mental health issues in the workplace

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in mental health

Men more likely to experience mental health issues in workplace

According to new research from Mind, men are more likely to experience mental health problems in their workplace than women. They surveyed 15,000 employees from 30 organisations and found that one in three men (32%) had mental health problems or poor mental health as a result of their jobs. This contrasts with one in five women (19%).

Women’s mental health was found to be more likely to be adversely affected by problems outside of work. This was the case for one in five women (19%) compared to one in seven men (14%).

The study also found differences in how men and women respond to suffering mental ill health. It found that 43% of women have previously taken time off work because of poor mental health, in contrast to 29% of men.

The research also found that 74% of line managers feel confident in supporting a team member with mental health problems. However, there were discrepancies between male and female managers, with 60% of male line managers saying they have a good understanding of how to promote the mental wellbeing of staff, compared to 74% of female line managers.

It also found that the culture of an organisation impacts significantly on whether people feel able to discuss their mental health, with 38% of women agreeing that their workplace is open to discussing mental health compared with 31% of men. This suggests that whilst men are more likely to experience mental health issues because of their work, women are more likely to open up and seek support from their line manager or employer.

“This study emphasises the importance of employers having a range of support in place to help employees who are struggling with mental health issues. With such a significant number of men admitting to mental health problems that have been caused by their work, for example, employers need to ensure that line managers have the training to identify and support those in need, as well as having independent and confidential services such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs) in place to help those who do feel able to access support,” commented Neil Mountford, chair of the UK EAPA.

Want to find out more? You can read more on Mind’s research into men’s work related mental health issues here.

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