Looking after your own mental health and mental health of your employees is key to a successful business. By maintaining good mental health within your workplace you will see improved performance levels, good levels of productivity and positive team morale.
According to research by St John’s Ambulance two in every three people would feel uncomfortable asking for a mental health sick day. The research went on to report that UK businesses could cut 30% of their costs by investing in well-being programs. Research also suggests that mental health days at home can be key to success in your business.
A worrying report shows that just one in five employees is aware of a well-being policy in place where they work. As well as well-being policies there needs to be mental health coping structures within every business. These will help employees and their line managers understand signs of poor well-being and how to deal with mental health issues in the workplace.
There is a huge amount in the media at present about Mental Health First Aid Training for employees and employers. While this is a very recent trend, it is something we hope will catch on throughout businesses in the UK.
It is important to remember that mental health issues and resolutions are not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. While the odd day off might help some people, or taking some job responsibilities off an employee will help them cope, you need to remember every employee is different as are their mental health issues.
A good HR team will be able to implement a well-being program into your business. They will also be able to support employees struggling with mental health issues. If this is not something that your HR team or business can currently offer employees, have a chat with our HR Consultants at Aspire Cambridge on 01223 855440. We can work as your HR team for you, supporting you and your employees as and when required.
One in four of us will have a diagnosable mental health condition during our lifetime; however mental health affects us all in different ways and at different times. Make sure that recognise this and have open conversations about mental health in the workplace as this can go a long way in reducing the stigma around mental health.