Just 39% of businesses think the mental health support provided for employees is fit for purpose, according to recent research from Aon.
Perhaps more worryingly, 28% of firms said they did not believe they supported mental health in a way that fits the modern day. 33% took a neutral stance.
The research comprised the views of 100 UK businesses and 700 global firms, and assessed the resilience of workforces assessed against 10 key attributes, set out by the World Health Organisation.
Employers were asked to assess their current wellbeing strategy and how successful it was at creating a resilient workforce.
Just 37% of firms said they felt that have developed, or were developing financial security for employees, with 44% regarded their practices as neutral. Just under a fifth (19%) of employers believed their firm was failing in this area. However, the majority of UK firms stated they felt they were delivering clarity and purpose for their employees (67%), and operating a compassionate and engaging community (56%).
Mark Witte, of Aon said: “Resilience is the ability to cope with life’s challenges and bounce back from trauma, threats or stress.
“But while organisations are trying to bounce back from Covid-19, the question is whether UK employers are overly focused on where their people will work and failing to consider if they are resilient enough to actually do the work.”
He argued the results of the self-assessment survey showed UK businesses were struggling to balance short- and long-term priorities.
“While many are working out details of a return to the office, people engagement is not faring as well,” Witte continued.
“Mental health support is a key example; though firms are providing mental health resources, the survey reveals that managers are not confident in addressing mental health issues, their tool kits are not targeting underlying health risks, their communication campaigns aren’t effective enough and leadership does not have the metrics to track change.”
The first step in ensuring the managers in your organisation are equipped to support employee mental wellbeing is to ensure they have the tools and confidence to do this. advo can offer mental health workshops for managers, which can provide them with the tools and knowledge to confidently support employees. We can also help to implement employee assistance programmes, which can serve as a direct and impartial line of support for employees. Talk to us today.