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Remote and hybrid working has affected the way three in five employers support the health and wellbeing of staff.
More than half of employers have had to change the way they tackle staff health and wellbeing following the huge rise in remote and hybrid working.
According to a new poll by industry group GRiD, 49% said they have made it easier for staff to access support and benefits remotely, 43% said they have introduced benefits to support employees in this new way of working and 38% said that they have increased support that can be accessed remotely, like virtual physios and GPs.
Katharine Moxham, a spokesperson for GRiD says, “The pace of change has been breath-taking.
“We are now in a situation where many employee benefits, including embedded support within employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness, have improved in two distinct ways. The method of delivery has been expanded to include additional digital channels to meet the support requirements of employees, no matter where or when they need it. Secondly, the type of support has also broadened: for instance through the likes of online physiotherapy, nutrition and fitness advice; meditation and mindfulness apps; computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); and access to virtual GPs and nurse practitioners. Some had been available previously, but have now become much more mainstream.”
The hope now is that progress isn’t lost as the workforce emerges slowly from the pandemic. The digital revolution in wellbeing support in a Covid-19 world has set a benchmark, adds Moxham.
“Employers may be under the illusion that they offer really innovative wellbeing support but they may be surprised just how much things have moved on if it hasn’t been reviewed for a number of years,” she says. “The repercussions of the pandemic are very much still in evidence and employers have a duty to ensure they are providing the very best wellbeing support available.”