Survey reveals employee concerns over wellbeing at work
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15th May 2014
A survey commissioned by employee benefits company Unum has
discovered that as many as a third of employees would consider leaving
their employer over wellbeing concerns.
The study used information from over 700 UK employees, and was
carried out by ICM. On top of the 30% who would change jobs, a further
26% said concerns about their wellbeing at work could affect their
thinking on long-term employment, with 21% saying poor wellbeing was a
reason for them feeling less motivated and productive.
Older workers valued provisions for their welfare more than
younger ones, with 74% of the 45- to 54-year-old age bracket seeing
flexibility and support through ill health as a priority when choosing
an employer. This compared to 66% among the 18- to 34-year-olds taking
SMEs performed significantly better than large corporates in
the survey, with only 26% of employees reporting working conditions
that were 'adequate or poor', compared to 41% of those employed by
The research also found 42% of women reported that their
employers did not provide good workplace conditions, compared to 30% of
Unum HR director Linda Smith explained that the key to
employee wellbeing for businesses is to "acknowledge that different
groups have different expectations and needs of an employer."
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