Inspire Summer 2019
The latest health and wellbeing news from The Health Insurance Group
Welcome to the latest edition of Inspire, our quarterly newsletter, designed to keep you informed about the issues that could be relevant to your business.
In this edition we look at how you can support employees suffering from the Brexit blues. We also explore how AI is changing the world of employee benefits, the negative effect social media has on our body image, and steps we can take to reduce our risk of dementia.
Uncertainty about the future and confusion over what Brexit will mean for jobs and finance is taking its toll on the UK workforce, with around a third of the population citing Brexit as having a negative impact on their mental health1.
The research from the British Association of Counsellors and Psychologists (BACP) showed that whether people voted to leave or remain was immaterial – the ongoing confusion was stressing both sides.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is slowly but surely changing the face of the employee benefits industry. From apps and chatbots, through to wearable technology, AI is gradually infiltrating many aspects of employee health and wellbeing.
This is good news for employers, as using AI to help deliver and drive employee wellbeing programmes can help to boost take-up of the benefits and improve overall staff engagement with the schemes. For employees, AI offers an instant and easy way to access advice and information, meaning they can reach the support, help and information they need, at a time that is convenient to them.
Poor body image, fuelled by unrealistic and fake images on social media, is causing mental health issues in the population with a third of adults feeling anxious or depressed about their body image and 40% of teenagers worrying about their bodies1.
The survey, carried out by the Mental Health Foundation, revealed that one in five adults was ashamed of their body and the same number said adverts and social media made them worry about their body image.
Contrary to popular belief, dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing and improving your lifestyle now could actually help to lower your chances of suffering from the condition later in life – according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)1.
Guidance published by WHO says that people should adopt a Mediterranean diet, exercise regularly, watch their weight and cut down excess alcohol now, to help reduce the likelihood of suffering from dementia in old age.