48% of employers improve employee wellbeing during Covid-19

76% of employers fail to address employee wellbeing during Covid-19

Almost half (48%) of employers have improved their wellbeing strategies since the Coronavirus pandemic has forced the majority of employees to work from home, according to research by fit4thefight.

Its survey of 2,000 employees in April 2020, also found that one in four (24%) of employers are actively addressing employee wellbeing during the crisis, with 24% adapting its benefits to take into account the new way of working.

Additionally, over three-quarters (78%) of employers have kept staff engaged by organising weekly progress update calls, while just over a half (52%) have organised social catch-ups, and just over one in ten (11%) have organised remote wellbeing sessions.

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Anthony Franklin, founder and chief executive at fit4thefight, said: “Businesses have invested in the wellbeing of their employees in recent years. However, the current pandemic has highlighted the shortfalls in believing a gym membership is the ‘silver bullet’ to a healthier workforce.

“We urge all businesses, big and small, to check in on their employees on a regular basis. Maintaining good physical and mental health has proven benefits on wellbeing and productivity, and therefore is of the utmost importance for firms.”