June 18, 2013

Managers need to concentrate on employee wellbeing, says counsellor

A counselling expert has claimed that managers need to concentrate more on the wellbeing of their staff.

Rick Hughes, writing for hrmagazine.co.uksaid he regularly hears from employers who say they feel undervalued or unappreciated in the workplace. Mr Hughes claimed that this neglect of staff, teamed with pay cuts due to the current financial climate, is resulting in a frustrated and exhausted workforce.

He wrote on the site: "It's a worrying trend and one that has become worse during the current economic climate. It feels like we're all trying to do more, with less staff and no pay rise in sight."

Hughes continued: "This means that come Friday, the workforce is exhausted, frustrated and resentful."

The counsellor instead suggest that employees should be supported and encouraged, which in turn will boost productivity and help businesses in prospering in austerity. He claimed that that way to do this was by having effective wellbeing programmes in place.

A large number of employers need help with how to implement wellbeing schemes however, according to data from a recent study. Research from Virgin Health Miles showed that only 51 per cent of staff feel like they have a good understanding of how to engage with their employer's workplace wellness programme, according to motivation.co.uk.

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