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Majority of employers believe they are helping staff achieve a healthy work-life balance

Close to three-quarters of employers including Fuel card Services believe they have been successful in improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

That’s according to a study carried out by Employee Benefits with Health Shield healthcare in August.

The research, which reflected the views of 162 respondents, found that providing a duty of care ranked highly in terms of success (61 per cent). Being seen as a caring employer followed as a close second (60 per cent) after dropping 14 per cent from 2017’s score.

One curious finding was that ‘getting employees back to work as soon as possible’ was not as successful as in the previous year, with the number of respondents claiming to have achieved this dropping from 53 per cent to 43 per cent.

Four in five respondents believe they have a duty of care to help employees hit a healthy work-life balance.

At 80 per cent, this marks a drop of four percentage points on last year, but it remains the number one obligation cited by employers for the past 13 years.

Helping employees reduce stress was another high-ranking obligation (75 per cent), followed by visiting healthcare professionals in a timely manner (67 per cent) and taking the full holiday entitlement (66 per cent).

Mental health focus

Elsewhere in the report, other key findings centred around mental health, with more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of companies providing support and counselling services to employees.

With almost half of respondents revealing that mental health issues are a major cause of sickness absence across their organisation, it’s understandable why employers would want to address this increasingly prolific issue.

As such, close to two-thirds (63 per cent) have strategies in place to support the mental wellbeing of their staff, while 57 per cent believe that helping employees build mental health resilience is a key duty of care.

All this effort seems to be paying off too, with 70 per cent believing their healthcare benefits have been successful in improving staff health and wellbeing.

Read the full Employee Benefits study here.

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Now is the time to jump on the cyber security bandwagon

There has never been a better or more pressing time to consider a career in cyber security.

Not only is October National Cyber Security Awareness Month, but almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of organisations worldwide have a shortage of IT staff dedicated to cyber security.

As a result, the current workforce gap around the world has widened to three million.

Companies are reporting a desperate need for cyber security workers, with 59 per cent of firms claiming to be at moderate or extreme risk of cyber security attacks due to this shortage.

All these figures surfaced in a report from non-profit association (ISC)², which quizzed almost 1,500 ICT workers around the world.

Close to half of respondents say their organisations plan to increase their cyber security staffing over the next 12 months.

The bulk of the shortage is in the Asia-Pacific region, which is experi­encing a talent gap of 2.14 million, due in part to its growing economies and new cyber security and data privacy legislation being enacted throughout the region.

Almost half a million are in the US, while EMEA and Latin America contribute a 142,000 and 136,000 staffing shortfall respectively.

In the UK specifically, the National Cyber Security Centre is suffering from its own digital skills shortage, while security firm Raytheon put its vacancy rate between 20-30 per cent.

Women are being especially encouraged to pursue a career in the cyber security sector, where they make up barely one in four workers.

David Shearer, chief executive of (ISC)², believes his company’s research will foster a clearer understanding of who makes up the larger pool of cyber security workers.

“By broadening our view of the workforce to include those with collateral cyber security duties within IT and ICT teams, we discovered that professionals are still facing familiar challenges, but also found striking differences compared to previous research, including a younger workforce and greater representation of women,” he commented.

Written by Mike Bratby-Bale

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