Employees struggling to concentrate when wellbeing poor

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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.

 

UK’s global wellbeing ranking drops from 3rd to 8th place, says new study

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UK’s global wellbeing ranking drops from 3rd to 8th place, says new study

Wellbeing in the UK has dropped behind that of India, Thailand, China, Spain, UAE, Indonesia and New Zealand according to Cigna’s annual 360-degree wellbeing survey.

The study takes into account five main components of people’s sense of wellbeing, including physical health, family and social lives, finance and work. UK employees who took part in the survey felt their position in each area had declined during 2016, with more than half (53%) reporting they did not have a good work / life balance due to growing workload pressures and little or no assistance from health schemes.

Interestingly, one-third of respondents (32%) felt their workplace wellness programme matched their needs and of the respondents who had an employer-sponsored wellness programme, more than half (54%) felt it increased employee engagement.

“The impact that poor negative work / life balance can have on an employee’s mental wellbeing is significant and we should acknowledge the role that employee assistance programmes (EAPs) can play in helping individuals to address this, helping to reduce sickness absence, improve engagement and ultimately contribute to the bottom line in terms of organisational productivity,” commented Neil Mountford, chair of the UK EAPA.

You can read more about Cigna’s research here.

 

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/.

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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