Poll: 24% use mindfulness sessions to support mental health in January

mindfulness sessions to support mental health in January

Employee Benefits poll: Nearly a quarter (24%) of organisations use mindfulness sessions to support employees with mental health in January.

A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 42 responses, also found that the same percentage of employers offer flexible working options to help staff deal with seasonal mental health challenges, while 21% rely on employee assistance programmes (EAPs) for the same purpose.

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According to the poll, almost a fifth (19%) of employers organise wellbeing events or activities to help employees ward off the ‘January blues’, while 12% provide counselling.

January is traditionally a difficult time for employees, with many struggling with low motivation in the post-festive period, financial stress rising after Christmas excesses, and the lack of daylight affecting both mood and health, particularly among those suffering with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).