43% of UK staff report feeling stressed every day

Almost half of UK employees (43%) feel stressed in everyday life, according to new research by Mercer Marsh Benefits.

The health and benefits consultancy surveyed more than 17,500 employees in 16 markets across the globe for its 2023 Health on demand report to find out about their priorities when it comes to health and wellbeing.

When asked what puts them at risk for burnout at work, the top three factors were work pressures (61%), poor leadership (43%) and a toxic culture (42%). Almost one-third (30%) were concerned about being able to afford healthcare, with women (36%) and single mothers (47%) more likely to lack confidence that they can afford healthcare than men (25%).

Nearly 70% believe their organisation would support them in an emergency or time of need and 51% agreed or strongly agreed that they feel free to speak their mind at work without fear of negative consequences.

Additionally, employees who believe their employer cares about their health and wellbeing are much more likely to thrive and feel positive about their health, wealth and careers.

The research also found a positive correlation between higher levels of benefits provision and employee satisfaction, with those who receive 10 or more benefits more likely to believe their employer cares about their health and wellbeing, are less likely to move to a different employer, and are more confident that they can afford healthcare.

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Hervé Balsano, president, health at Mercer and global leader at Mercer Marsh Benefits, said: “The findings clearly show that by providing comprehensive benefits, employers can address these risks, protect their employees and, ultimately, create a foundation for them to thrive at work and beyond.”

Nicholas McMenemy, partner, digital, strategy and markets leader at Mercer Marsh Benefits, added: “Employees who feel cared for by their employer are more likely to report organisational leadership that is committed to a healthy culture. Work-related commitments such as embedding wellbeing in job design and taking action on issues such as living wages and social justice are a key part of this. It also means giving employees confidence that they can afford the healthcare they and their families need, and having access to benefits that are relevant to them.”