A new survey from home care technology firm Unique IQ has highlighted the importance of workplace wellbeing in the care sector – with 99% of care worker respondents saying that it was important to them that their organisation supports their wellbeing.
To help home care providers navigate this, Unique IQ has published its latest free guide ‘Workplace wellbeing’ which investigates the impact of wellbeing on job satisfaction and retention – as well as practical strategies for home care agencies to implement.
Incorporating analyses from a survey of home care agencies, in which all respondents said that improving staff wellbeing boosted job satisfaction, the guide also highlights the initiatives that respondents said had the biggest impact on their wellbeing.
And with data from the Health and Social Care Workforce Research study showing workers wanting to leave their employer have lower wellbeing scores than those who did not intend on leaving their employer– wellbeing is crucial in tackling the retention crisis in the sector.
David Lynes. CEO and Founder of Unique IQ said: “According to research from Deloitte, the total annual cost of poor mental health to employers has increased by 25% since 2019, totalling between £53 and £56 billion in 2020-21.
“Nowhere is this more keenly felt than in the care sector. Stress and burnout amongst care workers have been magnified by the pandemic – with 60% now reporting feeling overwhelmed by increased pressures.
“Our recent survey of our home care clients shows the huge appetite and appreciation of wellbeing strategies in the workplace and the positive effect that it has on job satisfaction.
“Interestingly our research also points at the range of accessible but currently underutilised wellbeing strategies that really work. Cost-effective and low initial outlay initiatives like buddy systems, regular 1-2-1’s and trained mental health team members seem to have the biggest, but currently untapped impact on wellbeing.”
As well as a deep analysis of Unique IQ’s recent wellbeing survey results, the guide also covers a range of easy-to-action wellbeing ideas, a digital wellbeing action plan and a range of resources that can also help.
Finally, for home care providers considering or currently using care management software – the guide showcases the various ways that care management technology can be used to help promote and improve wellbeing initiatives across a business.
‘Workplace wellbeing’ is the second guide to be published in the ‘Unique Insights’ series, a collection of six free downloads from Unique IQ that tackle important subjects for workplace issues in the care sector.