The research was carried out amongst native and ex-pat staff within the UK, Germany, Canada, UAE and Singapore with the intent to measure the impression of COVID-19 on respondents’ psychological well being and assist staff perceive how greatest to assist the psychological well being of their staff.
The research highlighted the significance of employers investing in psychological well being assist and providers to make sure a sustainable and productive workforce, since many staff are nonetheless coping with the psychological well being challenges of the pandemic, Allianz stated. Melancholy and nervousness price the worldwide economic system $1 trillion per yr in misplaced productiveness, based on the report. Offering psychological well being assist, subsequently, can enhance not solely staff’ high quality of life, however firms’ productiveness.
“Whereas the medical health insurance trade has all the time acknowledged the significance of psychological well being in addition to bodily well being, within the wider public area it felt, to a point, just like the silent elephant within the room that everybody knew was there however folks have been typically uncomfortable speaking about,” stated Paula Covey, chief advertising and marketing officer for well being at Allianz Companions. “Our long-term objective is to make speaking about psychological well being as snug as speaking a couple of sprained wrist. We need to encourage dialogue and assist folks to grasp that psychological well being challenges are regular, typically frequent, and assist them perceive when and easy methods to make use of assist providers.”
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Covey stated that the report confirmed that consciousness of psychological well being had elevated, and stated it was “encouraging” that extra folks have been snug speaking about it.
“Nonetheless, not all staff really feel supported, and there’s nonetheless a really low uptake of some psychological well being providers like worker help packages and counseling,” she stated. “I believe there’s an actual alternative right here for employers to construct on their psychological well being assist packages and make some vital strides ahead.”
The report discovered that whereas employers have elevated psychological well being providers and assist for his or her staff over the previous few years, solely two in 5 staff felt that the assets supplied by their employer have been adequate to assist their psychological well being. Offering quite a lot of providers, each in-person and digitally, is vital, as is providing a mix of HR-sponsored actions akin to wellness talks, Allianz Companions stated.
Of the psychological well being providers supplied by employers, the highest 5 most valued by staff have been data, digital crew get-togethers, counseling providers, additional break day and courses, the research discovered.