New data revealed that 59% of employers felt more responsible for supporting the mental well-being staff following Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
Group Risk Development (Grid), the industry body for the group risk protection sector, conducted a survey of 501 HR decision makers and found that 57% felt the same increased responsibility for the physical well-being of staff , 56% felt the same about support staff welfare and 50% think the financial well-being of employees should be a priority.
Two-fifths (40%) increased their Communication about the wellness support available to workers and 34% encouraged engagement and use of the support.
Just over a quarter (27%) said they made it easier for employees to access remote support and benefits online and through apps, a quarter extended support beyond the employee to include family members and 22% invested in new benefits. to provide additional support.
Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for Grid, said employees feel most vulnerable in terms of mental wellbeing, and employers have rightly rated this as an area where they can step up and take on more responsibility. , as evidenced by research.
She explained that employers should be wary of only prioritizing one area of well-being over another as the UK adapts to new standards of working life, and the adoption of a holistic approach to staff well-being will ensure that all employees are treated as well as possible. , while also translating into long-term benefits for the business.
“Mental, physical, social and financial well-being are inextricably linked and so employers need to address all four areas when providing post-pandemic support to staff.
“Employer-sponsored life, income protection and critical illness insurance have proven to be very popular as they provide financial support when people have been directly affected by the pandemic, as well as additional integrated services designed to supporting health and well-being,” Moxham said.