Nearly two-thirds (62%) of UK employees still working from home said their employer has taken a genuine interest in their wellbeing and mental health during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
A total of 2,000 adults were surveyed for financial services business Canada Life’s research, which revealed that 63% found remote working has given them a better work-life balance, as 55% cited the positive impact it had on their mental health and 47% felt fitter and healthier as a result.
Nearly two-fifths (39%) of respondents would like to see their employer address presenteeism, while 47% have struggled to take time off and 44% are worried about taking their remaining holiday before the end of the year.
In addition, more than half (54%) want their organisation to introduce wellness days and 46% would like fewer meetings or less time on Zoom. Meanwhile, 43% would like better access to mental health support and 38% want flexible working hours.
Ian Ranger, head of medical underwriting and claims at Canada Life, commented that the past 18 months have affected staff mentally, physically or financially, and as more of the UK workforce returns to the office, employers first and foremost must listen to the wants and needs of their employees.
He said: “While for some working from home has given them the ability to see more of their families, for others, it has been a period of loneliness. As such, employers should look for ways to support their employees and demonstrate their commitment to their wellbeing no matter what their situation.”
Ranger explained that this is where support services can play a crucial role because the benefits included not only provide financial peace of mind, but provide access to mental health, virtual GPs and fitness programmes. All of these, he believes, could make a huge difference to the lives of employees.