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 13.5 million working days are lost to work-related stress each year (based on 2007/08 statistics) and estimates that the cost to society is approximately £4 billion each year. 


The Vetlife website is written by vets for vets and vet nurses, here you can find information and support spanning a range of common issues such as mental health, work issues and debt.

Vetlife provides a 24/7 Helpline, a Health Support Programme & financial support to veterinary surgeons and their families

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