Half of UK employees introduce wellbeing schemes to combat stress

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23 March 2017

Study finds nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of UK employees experience stress in their jobs1, according to research into workplace happiness by Happiness Works on behalf of Robert Half UK. Of those who find their roles demanding, nearly one in 10 said their job was very stressful.   Given the high-levels of stress among UK employees, organisations are introducing wellbeing initiatives to support the physical and mental health of employees at work. Nearly half (48 per cent) of businesses offer tools designed to promote wellbeing in the workplace, with one in seven providing stress management seminars or training and annual leave for personal and mental wellbeing. Other initiatives being introduced include counselling (17 per cent), leaving work early on a Friday (17 per cent) and limiting the amount of overtime that employees can do (11 per cent).   “Starting a wellbeing programme may come at a cost but health and happiness go hand-in-hand,” explained Phil Sheridan, senior managing director, Robert Half UK. “Creating a working environment that encourages good health fosters a more stable workforce. It also helps facilitate better team relationships, which in turn drives employee satisfaction, performance and morale.”   Excerpt from London Loves Business, read the full article here.   A problem shared is a problem halved The Assistance Programme from Health Assured is intended to help you, your partner, or children living with you* deal with personal problems that might adversely impact work performance, life, health, and wellbeing. *Children must be 16-24 years old and in full time education.   The programme cover you receive may include immediate family members who reside at the same address, including children in full-time education. Your call will be answered by a fully trained and qualified Counsellor who will provide initial emotional support.   About the assistance programme   Telephone Counselling You may have access to structured telephone counselling as part of the service.
  • This involves weekly sessions with the same fully qualified Counsellors.
  • It is convenient as it reduces the need for travel and makes it easier to fit in with work and other commitments.
  • You can call from anywhere providing it is quiet and you are able to talk openly.
  Face to Face Counselling
  • Face to face counselling takes place in a private practice or a confidential area.
  • We have over 1,000 counsellors across the UK and ROI so you will never have to travel too far.
  • Within short term solution focused therapy, you and a counsellor will identify problems and work towards a solution, not forgetting how its making you feel.
  • Face to face counselling is available as applicable.
  Your Health Assured Assistance Programme offers guidance and support on a wide range of issues including:
  • Specialist information in regards to legal queries, consumer rights, debt or domestic matters – the counsellor will assess your requirements and transfer you to an appropriate specialist, eg legal, consumer, or financial information.
  • Personal – marital, relationship and family concerns, emotional issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, behavioural difficulties, bereavement, sexual orientation and gender identity. The counsellor will conduct an in-depth assessment and if appropriate telephone counselling will commence immediately, otherwise the counsellor will agree a convenient time to begin counselling sessions.
  • Work-related – the counsellors offer 24-hour confidential support for work-related concerns such as stress, bullying, anger management and career direction.
  • Employee management – support to managers from counsellors, experienced HR specialists, or occupational psychologists.
  • Health – advice on health issues such as symptoms and treatments, medication and surgery, inoculations, travel vaccinations and lifestyle programmes (e.g quitting smoking).
  • Child and dependent care – such as advice on caring for children, elderly relatives and disabled dependents, and searches for finding care homes, nurseries etc.

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