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Cover Magazine - More than a tenth of UK employers won't support staff wellbeing

By Adam Saville 25 February 2020.

At a time when mental health is in the spotlight, some employers are still refusing to look after staff

More than one in 10 (12%) of UK economy do not believe they have a duty of care to support the emotional and social wellbeing of their staff, research by Group Risk Development (GRiD) has suggested.

The survey of 500 HR decision makers estimated that over 700,000 UK businesses do not see it as something they are responsible for.

Of the 88% that said they do believe in supporting staff wellbeing, the most popular methods to do so were found to be via flexible working (43%), work-life balance initiatives (33%), social events (31%) and allowance to take mental health days (31%).

Other popular initiatives in place include access to professional support such as counselling (27%), stress management (19%) and mental health training such as mindfulness (18%) as well as mental health first aid (15%).

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