Two-thirds of managers concerned about employee wellbeing following return to office, reveals poll

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29th April 2021 15:28 - Business Support

Two-thirds of managers concerned about employee wellbeing following return to office: Nearly two-thirds of managers polled in a survey looking at mental health and employee wellbeing are concerned about the impact that returning to the office after working at home due to Covid-19, will have on staff.

The survey of 1,200 managers by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) revealed that more than half the respondents polled (56%) fear that the overall health of their staff has declined due to the impact of the global Covid-19 crisis.

Asked about how they, themselves were feeling, 44% said they felt their own mental health had deteriorated during the pandemic.

More than eight in 10 of the managers polled (83%) said their organisation is prioritising mental health as the UK comes out of its third national lockdown, however, more than a fifth (22%) said they were apprehensive about using corporate employee assistance programmes to support staff.

In other employee wellbeing research by REBA, which polled 279 organisations, it was revealed that nearly half of those polled (47%) expect their wellbeing budgets to increase this year. The use of virtual GP services has increased by 69% since the previous survey in 2020, found the research, and the percentage of employers offering staff the use of a wellbeing app has gone up by 60%, while companies offering staff a health and wellbeing website has risen by 30%.

The research also revealed that the number of private sector organisations that have a wellbeing strategy has increased significantly in the last five years, from just 25% in 2016, to 82% of companies in the latest survey.

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