EXCLUSIVE: 26% of benefits professionals do not have access to mental wellbeing support

EXCLUSIVE: More than a quarter (26%) of HR and benefits professional respondents do not have access to mental wellbeing support from their employer, according to research by Employee Benefits.

The Salary survey 2017, which surveyed 249 HR, reward and benefits professionals in December 2016, also found that of the 74% of respondents that are offered support in this area, employee assistance programmes (EAPs) are the most common means of doing so, with 95% of respondents’ organisations providing staff with access to these.

Flexible-working opportunities (59%) and occupational health support (55%) are also popular ways of helping staff manage their mental health.

Mental health in the workplace has become a more prominent area of focus in recent years as a number of employers, with the support of charities, providers and industry bodies, have taken steps to increase the support mechanisms available to staff and open up the conversation around mental health.

Somewhat worryingly, however, just 11% of respondents’ organisations offer educational workshops on mental wellbeing.

Click to download the full Employee Benefits Salary Survey 2017.