Majority of Business Leaders feel a ‘stiff upper lip attitude’ at executive level creates barriers to conversations about wellbeing

A recent survey by Bupa UK, which polled 13 experts and 300 business leaders, found that 68% of business leader respondents feel that a ‘stiff upper lip attitude’ at executive level creates barriers to conversations about wellbeing.

Additionally, 91% of employer respondents believe that technology does and will continue to impact the wellbeing of their workforce over the next decade.

Other findings include:

  • 71% of respondents believe that the standard 9am to 5pm working day is a thing of the past.
  • 62% of business leader respondents think that they need to show that they do not suffer from ill health.
  • 50% of business leader respondents believe it is not possible to be a good leader and be vulnerable at the same time.
  • 94% of respondents feel there will be a significant change in the employer-employee relationship over the next decade.

Patrick Watt, corporate director at Bupa, said: “The pace of change many businesses are experiencing is only set to continue, and while this can feel challenging it also presents huge opportunities to engage and support people on the health issues they care about.

“Health and wellbeing has been a business focus for many years. But by turning the latest technologies and new working patterns to an advantage, business leaders can really get a handle on improving workplace health and wellbeing.

“No one business is the same, but tailored programmes that reflect and compliment working practices improves people’s health and wellbeing and ultimately business performance.”


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