Kavitha Sivasubramaniam: Adopting a holistic approach to emotional wellbeing

emotional wellbeing week

As our Emotional Wellbeing Week, in association with Aon Employee Benefits, draws to a close, it is time to reflect on some of the trends and issues currently shaping this area of the benefits market.

Research has revealed that as many as 526,000 employees in the UK experienced stress, depression or anxiety between 2016 and 2017, resulting in a loss of 12.5 million working days. The study by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics, published in November 2017, clearly highlights the economic case for supporting staff in this area. For this reason, it is important for HR and benefits professionals to get board-level buy-in so they can implement measures to help address this, and one way they can do so is by collating and leveraging health-related data.

However, employers must bear in mind that because an individual’s emotional wellbeing can be affected by numerous factors – from issues at work to problems in their personal lives – they should adopt a holistic approach to deal with this.

Benefits strategies must incorporate initiatives that support people’s physical, mental and financial health in a pro-active, but sensitive, way in order to maximise their effectiveness. And, of course, any measures introduced to positively affect employees’ emotional wellbeing should be carefully implemented and well communicated.

Whatever stage you are at and however you support emotional wellbeing within your organisation, Emotional Wellbeing Week was designed to help you take this to the next level through exclusive insights and opinions uncovering best practice in this area. These included:

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