Archive for November, 2017

Pressure at work is key cause of employee stress

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in mental health

Pressure at work is a key cause of employee stress

Given that pressure at work and a poor work / life balance are key causes of stress and mental health issues, new research that indicates employees are feeling pressure from their supervisors, colleagues and technology to work during their free time should be of major concern for employers, said Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

The research from the University of Surrey calls for employers to do more to ensure employees are not subjected to pressure to work outside of their contracted hours and reminds us that an individual’s failure to disconnect from work can negatively impact on an employee’s wellbeing.

“Whilst employees do need to take personal responsibility for how they plan their working day and how they balance demands from their employer and clients which may naturally fall outside their standard working hours, there will be occasions where these circumstances impact on an employee’s mental health and wellbeing. Where this does happen, employee assistance programmes (EAPs) can demonstrate their value as an accessible and confidential channel that provides professional support for employees whose mental health is being impacted by pressure at work.

“Of course, EAPs can only become truly effective here where employees are aware of the scope of support that is available to them to help reduce the impact of poor mental health on their wellbeing and their work. Here it’s important that EAPs are regularly promoted to employees and that, within the organisation, they continue to be positioned as part of a wider wellbeing and engagement strategy that reviews the extent and impact of work / life balance on the culture and productivity of an organisation,” says Neil Mountford.

Unspoken workplace expectations creating stressed employees

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in News

Unspoken workplace expectations creating stressed employees

With new research indicating that unspoken workplace expectations are putting pressure on employees to adopt less balanced lifestyles and leading to higher levels of stress at work, there is a clear need for employers to promote a more positive work / life balance among their employees and offer accessible and professional solutions to minimise the causes and impact of stress in the workplace.

“Employee assistance programmes present a practical solution for organisations to address many of the issues arising from this research. Having an independent, confidential and accessible service for employees that gives them the opportunity to discuss situations, experiences and issues that are causing them stress and impacting on their work / life balance and productivity can help to reduce feelings of pressure and reassure individuals that there is a solution to the feelings they have,” commented Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

This research, from Bridge by Infrastructure, surveyed 1,000 office workers: 78% thought that working more hours was at least a moderately important factor in getting promoted, as was ‘engaging in workplace politics’. To read more about the research and its findings, click here.

Nearly half of employers put mental health at top of employee health agenda

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in News

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’.

 

 

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Employees struggling to concentrate when wellbeing poor

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in wellbeing

Employees struggling to concentrate when wellbeing poor

With news that one-third of senior HR professionals do not think their organisation considers employee wellbeing to be an essential part of good business strategy, the spotlight is once again on the importance of promoting and enhancing wellbeing in the workplace.

A study by charity, CABA, found that more than half of HR professionals (51%) see employees struggling to concentrate when wellbeing is poor, with a similar number (49%) noticing more sick days and taken and an increase in mental health issues (47%).

“For many years, EAPs have recognised the impact that non-work and personal issues can have on an individual’s general wellbeing, particularly their mental health in the workplace. By working in partnership with employers, EAPs can proactively help to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, providing an accessible and confidential channel of support for employees who are struggling with work related or personal issues that are affecting their performance or attendance.

“The CABA’s finding that HR professionals do not believe their company considers wellbeing to be a core part of good business strategy is concerning and should be a call to action for organisations to reflect on the benefits of a healthy, engaged, present and focused workforce. Clearly a number of organisations continue to believe that wellbeing is not their responsibility yet it is not a service that can be discharged to third party providers and instead is something that needs investment, focus and recognition for the benefit of employees as well as the wider business,” said Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

For more information on the CABA report, click here.

 

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