Employee Mental Wellbeing: How Can You Help?

September 2021
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With the rollout of vaccinations across the UK successfully underway, we, and the rest of the world, are learning to adapt to the ‘new normal’ once again. All of us have been affected in some way, whether directly or indirectly, by the changes the pandemic brought about. The impact on our emotional wellbeing, and physical wellbeing has been significant. As World Mental Health day approaches on the 10th October 2021, now is a good time to consider the challenges and how employers can help to overcome them. 

Research from 2020 highlights the importance of supporting mental health at work1, and while these numbers relate to last year, the fact that the pandemic continues to have an effect on our lives suggests they are no less relevant in 2021:

  • 41% of employees have experienced mental health symptoms caused, or worsened, by work this year
  • 51% of poor mental health caused by work this year was due to pressure
  • 76% say colleagues are considerate of their wellbeing, and a further 69% believe the same of their managers.

Practical steps to support mental wellbeing

The benefits to an organisation in supporting staff to be healthy, motivated, and focused, go beyond the obvious ones of improved morale, loyalty, commitment, innovation, and productivity2 . Research shows that 60% of employees are more motivated at work if their employer supports mental wellbeing, practical ways to do this include ensuring:

  • A culture of openness
  • Work/life balance
  • Learning and development
  • Positive working relationships and social activities

Your employee benefits package can also be tailored to help your workforce to manage and improve their mental health. An employee assistance programme (EAP) can be a standalone product or included in benefits such as Group Life Insurance, and Cash Plans. EAPs can provide support for employees and employers to speed up the return to work following an illness and often include a range of wellbeing services such as:

  • Counselling, debt advice and mental health support
  • Seminars on financial wellbeing
  • Online resources – fitness, working from home, articles, work life balance, self- assessments  .

Some providers also partner with mental health apps such as Thrive and Mind. These have seen a significant increase in popularity with the number of people using mindfulness and other forms of meditation up to 32% in 2021 compared to 26% in 2020 3.

How LEBC can help

Providing a range of health and wellbeing benefits is increasingly important to employees, particularly given the impact of the pandemic. If you are looking to introduce or review your benefits package, LEBC has experienced consultants who can assist you in putting together solutions to suit your strategy and budget. 

LEBC Group

The information contained in this article is based on the opinion of LEBC Group Ltd and does not constitute financial advice or a recommendation to any insurance product, you should seek independent financial advice before embarking on any course of action.

1 Mental Health at Work 2020: building back responsibly- BITC report
2 How to promote wellbeing and tackle the causes of work-related mental health problems - Mind.org.uk
3 Bupa Global Executive Wellbeing Index Report- 2021

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