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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