Changes in the welfare system have meant that the responsibility for supporting people is increasingly falling to the workplace with the onus on employers to do more to support their employees. GRiD, the industry body for the group risk protection sector, has conducted research from among both employers and employees, and it shows that although employers and employees agree that mental health is a top priority for support, their priorities don’t tally across all areas of health and wellbeing, and organisations may be missing the mark in other areas:
Mental wellbeing • 75 per cent of employers feel it is their responsibility to support staff with mental health wellbeing (such as access to counselling & mental health first aiders), and 49 per cent of employees concur. Employers perceive this to be the number one priority for employees and their judgement is accurate as staff also prioritised this over other wellbeing concerns.
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