Staff can experience stress and anxiety about many areas including their work, health, financial and legal situation. Worries can be more pronounced and vary depending on their geographical location and industry sector. This can affect both home life and work life, and employers may feel there is nothing they can do to help.
Indeed, providers of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) have reported an increase in calls for anxiety and work-related stress this year, and some see a spike in calls following Brexit-related announcements. GRiD, the industry body for the group risk protection sector (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness) is calling on employers to utilise the EAP benefit that is often offered alongside many group risk products.
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