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The HR Director - MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS: SUPPORT MUST INCLUDE; MENTAL, PHYSICAL, FINANCIAL AND SOCIAL

The majority of employers believe that looking after the mental, physical, financial and social wellbeing of staff is good for business as well as for staff, according to research* from Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group risk protection sector. 

 Supporting the mental health of staff, such as by offering access to counselling, topped the list as being most beneficial to the business itself. Over four fifths (81 per cent) of employers believe it is good for business to look after the mental wellbeing of their workforce, and this represents a real joining of the dots between employee wellbeing and business goals. 

 The findings are from a Group Risk Development (GRiD) survey amongst 500 HR decision makers, that researched how organisations support their staff: 

  • 81% of employers believe it is good for business to look after the mental wellbeing of their workforce. 
  • 78% of employers believe it is good for business to look after the physical wellbeing of their workforce, including measures such as fast-track access to a physiotherapist or chiropractor. 
  • 77% of employers believe it is good for business to look after the financial wellbeing of their workforce, examples of which include paying an income if staff are unable to work through illness, injury or disability. 
  • 73% of employers believe it is good for business to look after the social wellbeing of their workforce, such as encouraging social connections and supporting a sense of belonging. 

Although the research was undertaken pre COVID-19, the pandemic is a reality check of the absolutely vital role that employers can play in the wellbeing of the nation as a whole. With many staff in self-isolation or in lockdown with just a few other people around them, employers are very much at the centre of individuals’ wellbeing. 

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