Employee wellbeing - guidance for employers

Employee wellbeing - guidance for employers

Issues such as stress are a major cause of illness and mental health in the veterinary profession.

It is important for employers to consider employee wellbeing and to manage work-related stress. It demonstrates a commitment by the business to behave ethically and ensures a healthy workforce which in turn allows for greater staff retention, reduction of absence due to sickness and improved productivity.

The law requires employers to assess and control the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) offers a definition of workplace stress in its guide How to tackle workplace stress and tells us that 31.2 million working days are lost to work-related stress and injuries in 2016/17 and estimates that the cost to society is approximately £4 billion each year. 


Vetlife is an independent registered charity which has been supporting the veterinary profession for over a hundred years. 

Vetlife provides free and confidential support to anyone in the UK veterinary community who has emotional, health or financial difficulties including vet nurses, students, practice managers, staff and their families. Vetlife fund and manage three core support services; a 24/7 Helpline, Health Support, and Financial Support, which provides assistance to vets and their dependents in financial difficulty.

Information and resources can be found at https://www.vetlife.org.uk/

Financial assistance 0303 040 2551Anonymous email
Health support0303 040 2551Anonymous email
Phone and anonymous email helplines0303 040 2551Anonymous email
General enquiries
0207 908 6385


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