Indeed, common employee concerns such as bereavement or being diagnosed with a serious health condition can significantly impact workplace absenteeism rates and productivity levels.
What's more, the survey found that more than 30 per cent of UK employees who lost a loved one in the past five years did not feel like they were treated with compassion by their employer.
And 56 per cent of those surveyed confirmed that they would consider leaving their job if their employer didn't support them through bereavement or a health condition.
Consider these tips to ensure workers feel supported during bereavement or a health complication:
- Make support easily accessible - Be sure that workers have a clearly established on-site support system by training supervisors on discussing sensitive topics and having them schedule routine, individual meetings with their employees to offer adequate emotional support and resources.
- Implement an EAP - Apart from supportive supervisors, consider investing in an employee assistance programme (EAP). An EAP provides staff with confidential support and counselling via telephone or online regarding personal or work-related concerns.
- Prioritise employee well-being - Foster workplace well-being by implementing initiatives that support employees' mental and physical health - such as planning a company run or walk, offering flexible work options or providing healthy snacks on-site. Making these efforts will show your employees that you value their well-being just as much as their workplace contributions.
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