Businesses are failing to address the connection between good physical and mental health according to workers across the UK.
Just one in five (19%) of employees strongly believe their employer recognises this link, according to research from HealthHero. Worryingly, nearly a third (31%) of workers feel as though their employer does not care at all or much about their mental health or wellbeing.
This last decade has seen substantial changes in the discussion and treatment of mental health conditions. With people more aware of this side of their health, expectations around the support needed are evolving. In fact, the research shows that the majority of employees (79%) believe mental health should be considered equally as important as physical health. Although many businesses are making strides to support their employees, it is evident that there is more to be done.
Currently, less than half (47%) of workers receive any health-related benefits at all.
However, businesses are missing an opportunity to not only support the health of their staff but build long-term loyalty and morale. Of those that receive benefits, three quarters (75%) value the wellbeing and preventative care perks.
With challenging economic factors affecting all businesses, it’s critical that staff wellbeing is kept in the front of mind for every business leader, to ensure your workforce remains happy and productive.
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