In the UK, mental health problems in the workplace are on the increase and have become the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70 million workdays are lost each year as a direct result of mental health-related problems and whilst the impact is greatest on the individual themselves, the knock-on effect to employers is a financial cost in the region of £2.5 billion per year.
For many of us, work is a central part of everyday life. We spend a majority of our time there, we depend on it for our financial security and we have a great deal of our social interactions at work. As employers, we have a responsibility to create workplaces where everyone can thrive and feel supported in working towards personal and company goals. By addressing mental wellbeing at work, you can help ensure that your employees:
Mental health is something we all have and when it’s good, an individual will typically have a clearer sense of purpose and direction, have more energy to do the things they want to do and have a greater ability to cope with the curveballs that come at all of us from time to time. Supporting the mental health of your employees will help them maximise their potential, build better relationships at work and manage stress more effectively.
For a useful resource on the practical steps to support mental health in the workplace, you can visit the Mental Health Foundation website and download their official guide by clicking here.
In addition, we are conscious that in these current times there a new and more acute challenges to mental health in the workplace caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. Our partners at Health Matters have composed a short guide to help navigate these new challenges, complete with links to further external resources. Click here to download or visit their site on https://healthmattersni.com/.