Archive for March, 2018

Mental health is the number one concern for UK CEOs

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Mental health is the number one concern for UK CEOs

Mental health in the workplace is the top priority for almost three in five (60%) CEOs in the UK and the area of employee wellbeing with which their Board is most concerned, according to a new report, Employee Wellbeing Research 2018 from Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) in association with Punter Southall Health & Protection.

The report found that just one in six (16%) employers have a defined mental health strategy in place, however over a third (37%) plan to introduce one in the next 12 months and a further quarter (26%) by 2020. And while wellbeing spending rose in 2017 and is expected to rise further in 2018, it remains relatively low, with a median spend of just £26 to £50 per year per employee, even at organisations with a wellbeing strategy in place.

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) continue to be the most popular wellbeing initiative, offered by more than nine in ten (93%) organisations and looking at long-term trends, the report shows that EAPs have also steadily increased in popularity over the past three years.

“It is encouraging that EAPs are so well established but we would urge employers to take this a step further and look at how their EAP can better support their mental health strategy. All too often EAPs are seen only as a counselling service for employees but this is just one part of the support and service that EAPs can offer. Many EAPs can play an important role in identifying the issues preventing an organisation from managing mental health effectively through risk assessments and stress audits. They can also provide mental health first aid training and coaching specifically designed to support line managers in managing mental health in the workplace,” said Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Association.

A key issue uncovered by this latest research from REBA is that the wellbeing programmes are not being driven by the board. Less than one in ten (8%) say the board actively drives the organisation’s wellbeing agenda and one in twenty (5%) say their board has little or no interest in employee wellbeing.

“It is positive that employers are now talking more openly about mental health but concerning that so few strategies are being driven by the board. Fostering a culture of acceptance around mental health requires a long term cultural shift in attitudes and approach and in our experience, the most effective way to do this is to ensure it is openly championed by senior management so that it becomes embedded in the company’s values,” said Neil.

You can read more about the REBA wellbeing research here

Protecture webinar on GDPR

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GPDR webinar

This is advance notice that EAPA and Protecture shall be running a webinar on one of the issues which concerns us all at present,  GDPR.  The date is 11 April at 10.00 am

Information on this will be sent out in the next few days, but the purpose of this note is to ensure that you receive this advance notice for your diaries.

The session will be run by Gary Shipsey of Protecture.  This organisation is a specialist consultancy rather than a legal firm and provides strategic advice on the objectives behind and the pitfalls of Data Protection.  His focus is the understanding of what is important for users and holders of sensitive information.

Details of the webinar and how to join will be sent out shortly.  The webinar will be hosted by Protecture.  I am not sure how many will be permitted to join at this stage: clearly we are trying to maximise numbers, but please be prepared to book promptly to secure your place.

Third of UK workers say their employer has no interest in their mental health

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Third of UK workers say their employer has no interest in their mental health

 New research from management services firm, ADP reveals that a 31% of workers say their employer has little or no interest in their mental health, despite the fact that 20% are stressed out on a daily basis, and for almost 33% of workers, the issue is so bad that they’re considering looking for a new role.

According to the study of nearly 1,300 workers, workplace stress peaks amongst younger employees with 22% of workers under 35 saying they experience stress every day and 42% saying that it is so bad, they’re considering jumping ship. This contrasts with only 19% and 26% respectively for those over 35 who feel this way suggesting employees may become better at managing stress as they get older.

“Awareness by employers of the impact of mental health issues in the workplace is increasing as the issue has received greater attention in the mainstream press. However, responses are still variable and more work needs to be done to educate employers on the strategies they should be adopting to build a healthy mental health culture within their organisations.

“Staff becoming ill through stress often leads to employee absence and a high staff turnover, neither of which are good for business. Employers need to focus on the fundamentals, building a culture that recognises the importance of mental health and assigns it the same priority as physical health and safety.  Education is key, both for managers and employees. It is important that employees should not feel inhibited about raising these issues with their managers, and feel confident that their concerns will be received sympathetically, appropriate action will be taken and there will be no negative impact on the organisation’s assessment of their performance or opportunities for advancement.

“EAPs have been a longstanding workplace benefit focusing on mental health, but often remain poorly promoted and under-utilised. When developing a wellbeing strategy, we urge employers to work in partnership with their EAP to better integrate the EAP with the other health and wellness services and benefits they provide and emphasise a holistic approach,” said Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

Health and Wellbeing@Work 2018

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Health and Wellbeing@Work 2018

EAPA was again delighted to be a partner of this year’s Health & Wellbeing@Work conference at the NEC in Birmingham.

“This is the seventh year that EAPA has participated in the conference, both as an exhibitor and contributor to the speaker programme and we would like to thank Sterling Events for another successful conference and for its continuing support of EAPA’s involvement. We were delighted to receive so many visitors and so much interest in the work of the Association at the event with this year being particularly significant as it saw the launch of the new EAP Return on Investment tool on the EAPA website,” said Neil Mountford, Chair of EAPA UK.

As in previous years, the EAPA AGM was held during the conference and EAPA was delighted to welcome Professor Stephen Bevan from the Institute of Employment Studies as the guest speaker.  EAPA commissioned the IES last year to develop the ROI tool and the AGM provided Professor Bevan with the opportunity to discuss the approach he has taken to the development of the algorithm that sits behind the tool. During his presentation he also explained the assumptions made and provided some practical demonstrations based on a number of different scenarios. “There was considerable interest from the attendees with a good discussion around how we can continue to refine and develop the EAP ROI tool.  Over time, the aim is to use the data captured to develop a UK benchmark of EAP providers to help employers make more informed judgements of EAP value and quality as well as form the basis for further research and development,” said Neil.

EAPA was also delighted to make two membership awards at the AGM, to Andrew Kinder and Stephen Bevan, recognising the outstanding contribution each has made to furthering and promoting the interests of EAPs. Andrew Kinder was awarded Emeritus Member  and Stephen was made an Honorary Member.

New ROI tool for EAPs

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New ROI tool for EAPs

Two years ago, EAPA UK commissioned The Work Foundation to investigate the use, impact and ROI of EAPs. This first phase of research found that while Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are among the most commonly used wellbeing interventions in the UK, very few providers or their clients are able to collect systematic evaluation data beyond take-up or utilisation statistics and satisfaction surveys. More detailed findings and discussion of the study conducted by The Work Foundation is available in the full report, Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs): Supporting good work for UK employers?

The research found that most EAPs, at minimum, covered their costs but that more work could be conducted to identify the main components of both costs and benefits at employer level. Based on these recommendations, EAPA UK funded further research, carried out by Professor Stephen Bevan at the Institute of Employment Studies (IES), to design, test and develop an algorithm that would enable employers and EAP providers to measure return on investment.

“We are looking forward to unveiling the UK’s first ROI tool for EAPs at our AGM next Tuesday 6 March at the Health and Wellbeing at Work event at the NEC. For the first time EAP providers and employers will be able to demonstrate the value of their EAPs, using the results to better inform their health and wellbeing strategy and deliver even greater value to employees. Importantly, over time, this ROI tool will also provide a UK benchmark of EAP providers to help employers make more informed judgements of EAP value and quality,” said EAPA UK Chair, Neil Mountford.

Watch this space for more information about the ROI tool which will be made available on our website very soon.

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