Bosses should support workers’ wellbeing or risk losing them

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People jump to the worst conclusion quicker when stressed – study (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)
People jump to the worst conclusion quicker when stressed – study (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)

Almost two-thirds of employees say wellbeing support provided by employers makes them less likely to seek new opportunities elsewhere, according to new research.

The research, commissioned by employee wellbeing consultancy PAM Wellbeing for the Health at Work Report, reveals that workers who are helped to stay healthy are also twice as likely to feel productive than those who are unsupported.

The research is due to be released at this week’s 2021 MAD World Summit, which brings together UK business leaders to focus on workplace mental health.

PAM Wellbeing’s Louise Abbs said helping employees achieve a good work-life balance and stay healthy makes business sense. But she adds: “Following another difficult year, two-fifths of employees say work has undermined their health or made them sick. Three-quarters are stressed out and a third feel isolated. Employers must be more proactive.”

Responding to the findings, Simon Berger, co-founder of MAD World, said: “Look after your human capital and they’ll give you better passion, performance and profits. Billions are lost across the globe due to absenteeism and presenteeism, while talent retention is becoming one of business’s biggest challenges.”

Abbs said: “Looking after employees is about more than just reducing absence – it’s how businesses boost productivity and retain their best people.”

MAD World will be taking place in London on 21 October 2021. For more information, visit

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