Meaningful work matters for good mental health

Tuesday 26th June 2018

Meaningful work matters for good mental health

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Article By Dave Morman

Meaningful work matters for good mental health

On a typical weekday, we might spend more hours at work than we spend asleep. Making sure that our waking, working hours are filled with activities that are meaningful and satisfying is vital, both for our own mental health and for best performance at work.

Even the Government is taking note. Its recently released report, Thriving at Work, included recommendations for making sure that employees have work that contributes positively to their mental health.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has just released its UK Working Lives report, which digs into more detail about what employees value and need in their jobs. It asked 6,000 workers across the UK in different industry sectors for their views and identified seven dimensions of job quality: money, terms of employment, job design and the nature of work, social support and cohesion, health and wellbeing, work-life balance, and voice and representation.

What does it mean for business?

With work-related stress frequently in the news, and productivity levels still lower than those before the 2008 financial crash, making sure that employees are happy and engaged with their work is more important than ever before. Employers can support staff in many different ways as the UK Working Lives report shows – and employee benefits have a key role to play as well. In addition to basic pay, that could involve offering your staff access to health and wellbeing benefits, or to an employee assistance programme to support them when they are struggling.

If you need to talk about your employee benefits / reward scheme, please contact us at Brunsdon Employee Benefits Ltd.


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