Work/life balance top of employers' concerns

The main concern for UK employers in today's climate is maintaining a good work/life balance, rather than avoiding work-related stress.

A survey conducted by Group Risk Development (GRiD) found that one in five businesses rank providing their staff with a good work/life balance as the leading health issue they face.

The poll of 500 employers found that reducing stress and mental health issues in the workplace comes second on their list of priorities, cited by 19 per cent of firms.

Katharine Moxham, spokeswoman for GRiD, said: "A strong work/life balance is often overlooked as a major health issue to businesses, compared to more direct factors such as dealing with chronic conditions."

But she noted that the economic crisis and the problems associated with it have provided a reminder to employers that action must be taken to rectify unsustainable working practices.

More than one in three (38 per cent) of businesses revealed they are using management and leadership skills to take steps to improve the work/life balance of their workforce.

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