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Employee Benefits Magazine - EXCLUSIVE: Three-quarters of employers feel responsible for staff mental wellbeing

EXCLUSIVE: Three-quarters (75%) of employers feel it is their responsibility to support employee mental wellbeing, according to new research by Group Risk Development (Grid).

The survey of 1,165 employees and 500 HR decision-makers, which took place in January 2020, also found that just under half (49%) of employees agreed that the responsibility for their mental wellbeing sits with employers, prioritising this over other wellbeing concerns.

A further 70% of employers also stated that it is their responsibility to support staff with physical wellbeing; however, only 32% of employees agreed. Six in 10 (61%) employers took responsibility for staff social wellbeing, but only about one quarter (27%) of employees agreed that this should be a priority.

For financial wellbeing, 46% of employers were willing to take responsibility, while 36% of employees expected them to.

Overall, only 6% of employers stated that they should not have to take any responsibility for the wellbeing of their employees in general, whereas 30% of employees felt that their wellbeing was not the remit of their employer.

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