Here at Aspire Cambridge, we have put together some findings and advice on the subject of metal health in the workplace.
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.
Did you know, at any one time, one in six workers experience mental health problems such as stress, depression and anxiety? Ill mental health is having a huge impact on performance in the workplace and to back this up there have been many reports published about the impact of ill mental health in the workplace, why it’s a growing issue and why it needs to be tackled by employers.
There are two main reasons this issue is increasing in the workplace which needs to be addressed and placed high up the agenda. The first, and the primarily reason, is the responsibility businesses have with regards to the well-being of employees and their duty of care. The second is down to the huge impact it’s having on business revenue.
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 focus, 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.
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