Now that we know employees feel their mental health has been impacted by the pandemic, how are employers stepping in to help?
The CIPD and Simplyhealth’s Health and Wellbeing report that surveyed more than 650 UK companies showed:
More than 40% of businesses are extremely worried about the impact the pandemic is likely to have on their employees. More than 80% are using anonymous data from Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) to understand the primary sources of stress for employees allowing them to better tailor communications and additional support to assist.
With the move to remote work, the natural division between work and home life was eroded. Although there have been benefits to this, 84% of UK businesses said they have observed presenteeism, where employees regularly work more than their allocated hours or work when they are ill. This practice is detrimental to overall health and wellbeing and there is likely to be a move to tackling this as we move to a hybrid working model.
The Global Wellness institute predict workplace wellbeing trends in 2021 will focus on:
- Establishing the new normal in terms of office work practice. This may involve at home ergonomic assessments, successfully building connections with employees no matter where they are working.
- Greater focus on mental health and wellbeing. There is no doubt the pandemic has brought the importance of mental health to the fore. Businesses who may not have considered it a priority previously are more likely to this year.
- Wellbeing focused leadership. Having employees who are feeling happy and supported is so important to business success that many employers are looking at ways to lead for wellbeing. This involves greater empathy and compassion from leaders with the aim of creating new ‘thriving’ cultures where everyone feels supported to do their best work.
Looking at the statistics there is a definite change in focus when it comes to employee wellness programmes in 2021. Whether you are looking for workplace wellness statistics to create a business case or just to get an overview of other companies' experiences there is little doubt that investing in wellbeing is likely to pay dividends in the long term.
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