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Employers must do more to support staff health and wellbeing

Employers must do more to support staff health and wellbeing

63% of accountants for contractors think their employer could do more to support their health and wellbeing, according to a survey from Sovereign Health Care.

Stress is a major problem for accountants, with 55% saying their stress levels have risen in the past year. 68% also blame their job for making them ill.

Russ Piper, the chief executive of Sovereign Health Care, says salary freezes and higher workloads have reduced morale in the workplace. More than 50% of accountants would happily change jobs in order to get better benefits, even if their salary remained unchanged.

Piper went on to say that accounting practices should take heed of the survey results and review their benefits structure to give more support for employee health and wellbeing.

It’s not only accountants that feel neglected either. Another survey, this time by Simply Health, the health insurer, discovered that 43% of employees across the board think their employer neglects their wellbeing at work.

Employees value wellbeing and if they feel their employer does not care, motivation, loyalty and job satisfaction all disappear. Once the job market recovery gets into full swing, uncaring employers could find their talented people disappearing for greener pastures.

75% of employees who think their employer cares greatly for them describe themselves as loyal. This is in stark contrast to the 3% who say they are loyal even though their employer is uncaring.

30% of those with uncaring employers are actively engaged in looking for a new opportunity, whereas only around 2.5% of those with caring employers are doing the same.

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