Do you feel committed to supporting your employees’ emotional wellbeing and, if so, how are you going about this?
Research has found that most employers (88%) believe they have a ‘duty of care’ to their employees’ mental wellness. The survey of HR leaders has also uncovered a number of popular ways in which employers can provide emotional support.
- Flexible working opportunities (43%)
- Supporting work-life balance (33%)
- Allowing employees time off for their mental health (31%)
- Creating more social events (31%)
- Offering access to counsellors and other health professionals (27%)
- Supporting a stress management focus (19%)
- Mental health programmes (18%)
- The support of ‘specialist providers’ (18%)
- And offering mental health first aid training (15%)
HRreview also highlights the results of their own poll, which suggests flexible working is the most attractive of all employee benefits (71%).
For those companies who don’t prioritise emotional wellbeing…
Katherine Moxham, a spokesperson for GrID who commissioned this research, says there can be consequences to ignoring a team’s emotional wellbeing.
These consequences may include:
- High absence rates
- Reduced productivity
- Alognside lower employee retention rates
Moxham, furthermore, states that: “no forward-thinking organisation can afford to ignore the emotional wellbeing of its most valued asset.”
To conclude, some of the nation’s most valuable companies attribute their success to their staff over anything else! Therefore, the failure to address this issue could prove costly.
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