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UK employers are still not taking employee wellbeing seriously


UK employers are still not taking employee wellbeing seriously

More than half of UK employees are not talking about well-being with their manager, according to the digital learning provider, GoodHabitz. It conducted a survey of 24,235 employees across the UK, Europe, Latin America and Australia, including 1,585 responses from employees in the UK. Respondents were asked about the impact of mental health and well-being on their work.

Despite mental health and well-being moving up the corporate agenda, 53% of workers say their employer still does not invest in their overall well-being. More worryingly, 26% of those who do let their employer know they are struggling do not get the support they need to feel better. However, 77% of UK employees believe a positive connection with their manager and co-workers benefits their well-being at work.

Martin Coles, Customer Success Coach at GoodHabitz, explained:

“Over the past year, workers across the globe have struggled with stress and burnout, underscoring the urgent need for a comprehensive approach to mental wellbeing. Among these individuals, approximately half chose to confront their difficulties in isolation without seeking support from their supervisors.

“This unspoken crisis emphasises the need to foster environments where open conversations around mental health are not only welcomed but actively encouraged. However, this isn’t solely about talk; it’s about arming people with the skills and resources they require to have understanding and compassionate discussions.” 

Creating an environment that supports good mental well-being at work is a top priority for 60% of employees who say the right culture would help improve their happiness at work.

Employees say personal development opportunities would also help their wellbeing, with 60% of employees saying they would help improve their happiness at work. They say that being able to develop the following skills would have the most positive impact on wellbeing:

1 Stress management skills

2 Coaching, management and leadership skills

3 Productivity skills

4 Teamwork skills

5 Communication skills

6 Digital skills

7 Time management skills.

Sandrien Boogaard, HR Director, GoodHabitz summarised:

“This new report shows us that nurturing personal development fosters a vibrant work culture and makes employees feel happier. The numbers reflect what I witness in my function as an HR professional: I believe that progressive companies must recognise the intrinsic link between the overall wellbeing of their employees and their work happiness. It is essential for managers to undergo training to effectively address and support this connection, fostering a positive and thriving work environment.”

Original Article: HRnews

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