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Cover Magazine - Less than fifth of employers managing staff mental health - GRiD

Research by group risk trade body GRiD has revealed that just 18% of employees are proactively managing stress and mental health issues within their workplace.

The survey of 500 HR decision makers in UK business also found that 15% are taking measures to improve staff financial wellbeing and only 18% are supporting employees with staff caring responsibilities.

"Employees can be greatly affected by areas of their lives outside of work," said Kathryn Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD. "The companies that are best at supporting the mental health of their workforce are the ones that take this into consideration and look at offering more fully rounded support. And, of course, this has a very positive effect on loyalty, engagement and productivity."

'Engagement and productivity' 

"Employers may feel more comfortable dealing with the working lives of their staff when it comes to managing engagement and productivity," she added. "This might include offering career-progression programmes, training, appraisals and so on, but it's equally important to look at the wider lives of staff to offer full support."

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