Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Employee health: fulfil your responsibility as an employer

All organisations have a legal obligation to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. In addition, organisations also have an obligation to reduce or remove anything at work that could make employees ill. Staffordshire based employee benefits firm, Busy Bees Benefits discusses how organisations can fulfil their obligations to their staff and in turn, facilitate their employees’ health and wellbeing.

Every two minutes a worker in the UK is made ill due to stress at work, according to research by the Trades Union Congress, (TUC). 11.3 million working days are lost as a result of workplace stress and it accounts for 39% of all work-related illness. Workplace stress can have an adverse impact on employees’ workplace performance and morale. Furthermore, organisations can suffer from increased sickness, absenteeism, staff turnover and reduced productivity.

Employee Assistance Programmes help staff deal with mental and physical health as well as legal and financial issues. The schemes provide an online risk assessment system and around the clock telephone counselling services from licensed and trained professionals. Whether employees are looking for advice on how to manage workplace stress or they want to see if they are at risk of developing an illness, an EAP scheme can help. Employees need not worry about using the service as organisations are not alerted when employees use the service.

Organisations can benefit in a variety of ways such as, reduced absenteeism, increased staff morale and an enhanced recruitment profile. In addition to this, they will also receive information on how to handle a stressed workforce. A scheme like this allows managers to spend less time counselling staff while employees can receive tailored support from the appropriate professionals.

For more information on Employee Assistance Programmes, please visit http://busybeesbenefits.com/employeeassistance or call our team on 0330 333 9100 to develop a greater understanding on how the scheme can help workplace stress. 

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