Employers' election wish list includes staff wellbeing

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A fifth of employers want the next government to do more to support staff wellbeing, research from Group Risk Development (GRiD) has found.

Among employers' own efforts to improve staff wellbeing, 64% are promoting a healthy work/life balance and almost half (47%) are promoting more flexible working initiatives. 

Managing stress was reported as a focus for 38% of employers, with training line managers to spot signs of stress and mental health conditions.

Other popular incentives on employers' wish lists include merging income tax and national insurance to simplify the system, supported by a fifth (20%) of those surveyed.

The survey of 500 businesses with 5-1000 employees and 1000 employees also found that 9% wanted an extension of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme to support SMEs.

Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for Group Risk Development, said: "What is evident is that employers would like greater support and incentives to be able to do this.

"When it comes to what employers can do now, rather than waiting to see what the next government chooses to focus on, introducing Group Risk protection products provides additional support services which can help to make the process far easier.

She added: "On a broader level, the Governments' new Fit for Work service brings us to the brink of a new era where greater focus will be placed on supporting employees with health conditions to stay in the workplace.

"Employers who work with the new service will come to appreciate where Group Income Protection can serve their needs by helping them implement back to work programmes and by giving them access to a raft of further support to focus on prevention as well as cure."

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