Ecclesiastical has partnered with motivational speaker Chris Moon to produce a series of videos aimed at helping brokers to manage stress and wellbeing.
The specialist insurer has produced the guidance in response to its 2019 Broker Wellbeing Survey, which found that two-thirds of brokers had experienced some kind of mental health issue linked to work in the past 12 months.
The survey of 200 brokers found that stress continues to be the most commonly experienced mental health issue at work, affecting three in five brokers. This was followed by anxiety (37%) and feeling overwhelmed (34%).
Ecclesiastical launched the Broker Wellbeing Survey in 2018 to encourage greater dialogue in the industry and help reduce the stigma about mental health issues in the workplace.
The series of four videos, which launch today (23 January), feature Chris Moon in conversation with Adrian Saunders, commercial director at Ecclesiastical. Together they discuss how to recognise and manage stress, the importance of opening up and talking about mental health, and how to support others.
Chris also shares his unique story in the videos. He is a former army officer who became a double amputee after sustaining nearly fatal injuries while clearing mines in Mozambique in 1995. Now, when he’s not running ultra-marathons, he travels the world, helping individuals and companies on a range of topics including mindfulness, change management, health and safety, and empowerment.
In these videos he draws on his own experiences to provide a thoughtful perspective on how we can each manage our wellbeing, workloads and stress as well as how we can support each other.
Adrian Saunders said: “While our 2019 Broker Wellbeing survey found that three in five brokers feel stressed at work, it also showed that as an industry, we are making positive progress towards building supportive environments and opening up about issues of wellbeing. We wanted to take the conversation forward and so we teamed up with Chris to explore how we can better connect with our wellbeing, recognise our stress triggers, build resilience and help those around us. Chris is a truly inspirational figure and we hope these videos become a useful resource for brokers.”
The broker wellbeing videos can be viewed here.