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Calls for employers to ensure staff support over festive period

GRiD, a group risk industry body, is urging employers not to isolate staff from incumbent employee benefits over the Christmas period.

The group claims that access to helplines for mental wellbeing, support for relationship problems, and virtual GPs can be especially appreciated during the festive period.

While support structures are increasingly embedded within employee benefits, GRiD insists that employers must “promote these valuable services” to their staff.

Katharine Moxham, a spokesperson for GRiD, said: “The protection, health and wellbeing industries have provided much needed support to employees this year, possibly more than any other year. 

“Of course, employees can only make use of such support when they know it’s available, and we’d really encourage employers to promote these valuable services, especially over the festive break.”

While employee benefits can include a range of schemes, such as employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection, and critical illness, the group risk industry body claims it is important for employers to understand the options they provide.

Moxham added: “We don’t want anything holding employers back from encouraging their staff to access help, so it’s key for employers to understand that utilising such support does not cost them any extra money.

“Help can be accessed every day by employees whenever it is needed, at no extra cost to the employer or employee.”

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