employee mental health

Businesses Urged To Do More To Support Staff Financial Well-Being

Businesses Urged To Do More To Support Staff Financial Well-Being

UK business owners are being urged to make more efforts to support staff financially, as a report from CIPD and Close Brothers Asset Management has revealed the full extent of employee money woes. The survey of 1,817 British adults reports that 25% of respondents have a financial situation so bad that it affects their ability to work, with this figure rising to 31% among 18-24 year olds and 32% for those living in London. Surprisingly, such financial stress isn’t exclusive to low-income earners with 20% of employees earning between £45,000 and £59,999 admitting such anxiety has also impacted on their performance in work. When divided by gender, women are more likely than men to report money worries with 28% of females signalling they have such a problem, compared to just 23% of all males. ... »

56% of UK Business Owners Ignore Staff With Mental Health Concerns

56% of UK Business Owners Ignore Staff With Mental Health Concerns

56% of UK business owners ignore staff when they confide in them with mental health concerns, according to a report by Business in the Community. The Mental Health at Work Report 2016 revealed that just 7% of all employees are offered some form of help with their workload when feeling down, with just 4% allowed to work at home. Worryingly, 5% of all workers who voiced concerns about their mental wellbeing were either sacked or forced out – suggesting business owners are not dealing with the matter appropriately. 77% of the UK workforce have experienced some form of mental health issue in their career, while 29% have actually been officially diagnosed. Just last August, it was revealed that business owners place more emphasis on the physical rather than the mental wellbeing of staff, and th... »

“Poorly Thought-Out Strategies” As Employers Favour Physical Wellbeing Over Mental

“Poorly Thought-Out Strategies” As Employers Favour Physical Wellbeing Over Mental

UK business owners are placing a greater emphasis on the physical health of their employees than their mental health, according to a report by Aon. Their EMEA Health Survey revealed that 57% of employers provide physical well-being programmes to their staff while just 41% of employees have an emotional or psychological programme in place – despite the fact that some 55% of business owners provide staff with some form of social initiative. When it comes to mental health awareness, UK bosses are also lagging behind in contrast to their European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) counterparts as 40% of EMEA enterprises surveyed had a defined employee health strategy, compared to just 30% of British businesses. Despite a lack of action on the part of UK business owners, 63% of employers ... »

Why Employee Mental Health Needs to be a Priority for Your Small Business

Why Employee Mental Health Needs to be a Priority for Your Small Business

Stress, depression and anxiety are some of the most common health problems in the workplace. In fact, they’re so common that together they affect one in four people every year. Whilst these illnesses aren’t physical – they can’t be identified by a bandage, crutches or a sling – they can be very serious and can lead to poor productivity, lowered morale and a rapid turnover of staff within your business. What’s more, mental ill health can affect anyone in any business (just like the common cold) yet many managers refuse to accept that these non-physical illnesses exist – “Out of sight, out of mind; these problems aren’t happening in my business; my employees love their jobs.” This attitude sounds shocking but, for many businesses, mental wellbeing remains a taboo subject. And it’s not just a... »