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Bosses urged to foster open dialogue on men’s health

Men tend to be more reserved about discussing issues

Workplaces should ensure they create an open environment that enables male employees to speak about their health issues. 

That’s according to Paul Avis, marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, who said Men’s Health Week (10-16 June) is a timely reminder for employers that they must take responsibility for employee wellbeing. 

Recent research by Canada Life revealed two in five men recognise that they need to take greater care of their physical wellbeing, with a third saying the same for their mental wellbeing.

“Given employees tend to spend the majority of their week at work, the workplace can have a significant impact on both physical and mental health,” said Avis. “This creates an opportunity for employers to have a real positive effect on their staff’s wellbeing – making them happier, more loyal and more productive workers.”

Avis pointed out that men are notoriously reserved when it comes to talking about their health, particularly mental health issues.

He suggested company bosses create an open atmosphere which encourages engagement and emphasises the importance of staff wellbeing, with a variety of communication channels to suit different attitudes.

“Employee assistance programmes – provided with most group income protection products – can be used to help communicate this message and provide employees with practical support to improve both their physical and mental wellbeing,” Avis said.