Wellness in the Workplace
- Employment Law
- 27th Jul 2022
Mental health apps, menopause support, mindfulness sessions, gym subsidies, counselling helplines … workplaces are increasingly focussed on the welfare of their employees, notes Julie Sabba, an associate in Employment. The celebration of dog ownership in the workplace is also having a moment. ‘Bring Your Dog to Work’ Day, which fell in June and has been […]
By Julie SabbaMLP Law
Mental health apps, menopause support, mindfulness sessions, gym subsidies, counselling helplines … workplaces are increasingly focussed on the welfare of their employees, notes Julie Sabba, an associate in Employment.
The celebration of dog ownership in the workplace is also having a moment. ‘Bring Your Dog to Work’ Day, which fell in June and has been going for over 20 years. Employers are giving dog owners adoption and bereavement leave, paying for pet insurance and encouraging employees to bring dogs into work. This is all being done as research shows that dogs reduce stress and promote sociability and exercise, thereby having a positive impact on employee wellbeing.
Why are employers so focussed on the wellness of their employees? Employer awareness of the mental health challenges and the wellbeing of employees has undergone a revolution since the onset of the pandemic, whilst multiple lockdowns and the advent of working from home and hybrid working has changed employee attitudes to work forever. Many employees now want the option to work at home, and many have ditched one career for another or retired early. Meanwhile, employers face difficulties in retention and recruitment. It’s clear something needs to change.
Last month a trial started, to consider whether it is possible to earn 100 percent of your salary for a four day week on the basis your productivity is not reduced. The 6 month trial, involving 70 companies and more than 3000 employees, includes a whole spectrum of businesses, from banks to fish and chip shops.
Researchers will consider the effect on employees’ health, happiness, productivity, and use of fossil fuels, the latter because researchers will also look at the effect on the environment of a reduced working week.
In the meantime, however, and before you start planning 4 day weeks and long weekends, considering ways to support your employees’ wellbeing at work can have many benefits, including a positive impact on morale and improved attendance.
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