Employer support for well-being lacking amid pandemic: survey

Only 15 per cent of employees feel their employer is offering enough resources to support well-being during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by Lululemon Athletica Inc.

It found less than one third (29 per cent) of global respondents indicated strong well-being across physical, mental and social dimensions. Canadian respondents reported a number of barriers to well-being including the coronavirus pandemic itself (59 per cent), time and personal responsibilities (40 per cent), lack of money (45 per cent), lack of a personal-support network (45 per cent), health conditions (42 per cent), stress (31 per cent) and limited access to resources (30 per cent). By generation, gen-Zers (92 per cent) reported facing the most barriers.

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To counter these trends among employees, employers can support better time balance and stress management for their workforce, and in turn, build well-being and resilience, said the survey’s report, which also noted the connection between a positive work environment and optimism for the future. More than half of employed respondents (55 per cent) said that time and personal responsibilities were the top things impacting their well-being, while 36 per cent who described their work environment as safe and supportive also reported higher levels of optimism.

Throughout the pandemic, the Vancouver-based athletic-wear company has supported its employees with physical, mental and social programs, including more than 1,100 online well-being and development courses and its mental-health first aid training to equip leaders with skills needed to support employees.

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