Report: In the U.K, even after months of crisis, employees still question employers’ commitment to their well-being

Data from 2020 suggests employers have a lot of work to do to convince their workers that they care and are invested in their future.

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How are workplace wellness initiatives being perceived by employees after months of messages about increased concern for mental health, burn out and other well-being issues? Though workers see some effort to adapt on the part of employers, they say the positive impact hasn’t been felt yet, according to a report by the British multinational insurance company Aviva.

Employees are now more likely to say their employer is working quite hard to offer tools or training around mental health (55% up from 38% in February of last year) and that employers are trying to create the “right atmosphere” for people to succeed (45% up from 38%.) However, those efforts do not translate into a belief that their employer really cares about them. The research was conducted twice last year, most recently in August, with 2,000 U.K. workers being surveyed.  

In the report, only 15% of employees said that their employer was really working hard to understand what motivates them and just 26% said they thought their employer was “genuinely concerned” about their well-being.

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