One in five employees 'feeling undervalued'

Employees are feeling less valued and supported at work because of changes their employer has made in the last year, new research suggests.

According to a study by healthcare provider Simplyhealth, almost one in five workers feel their employer now cares less about their general wellbeing.

When asked why they felt this way, respondents cited increased workloads and a failure to manage staff absence affectively.

Addressing staff health and wellbeing could enable employers to promote workplace inclusion and create a more productive working environment.

It could also lead to improved staff turnover rates, as three-quarters of employees who felt their employer cared about their wellbeing described themselves as very loyal to their organisation.

Furthermore, one in ten said they had left a company because they did not feel as though their health and wellbeing mattered.

"Health and wellbeing is highly valued by employees and a key driver in their level of job satisfaction, loyalty and motivation," said Simplyhealth spokesman James Glover.

"If employers fail to recognise this, they could lose talented staff when the job market starts to recover."

Nick Kemsley, co-director of the Centre for HR Excellence at the Henley Business School, said employers need to do more to support their staff despite business pressures.

"Volume of work and a change in the way that employers are managing health and wellbeing issues appear to be impacting employees' views," he explained.

Meanwhile, figures released by consultancy firm Mercer have shown that mental health issues have overtaken musculoskeletal problems as the number one cause of staff absence on the UK.