Reasons to invest in mental health in the workplace
Every business in the UK is affected by mental health problems in the work place. Whilst there is now a growing appreciation for employers to address this , a lot still need to be done to raise mental health awareness in the workplace and reduce the sigma it can have.
Along with all the benefits below for your staff, it also makes good business sense.
Help reduce presenteeism
The term “presenteeism” is used to describe the issue of employees coming into work while not physically or mentally well, instead of staying home to recover. This can impact on performance and productivity if people don’t take time off when needed.
There are many motives for Presenteeism including money, management expectation, nobody to cover work and concern over career prospects. Feeling the need to turn up to work when unwell can potentially make conditions worsen.
*CIPD Employee Outlook survey
How presenteeism can affects performance
Improve sickness absenteeism
The biggest cause of absenteeism from work is stress and other mental health issues. Improving your staffs wellbeing can reduce this.
1 in 5 People have been absent from work because of stress
90% feel unable to tell their employer that mental health was the reason for absence
15.8 millions days of sickness absence caused by mental health issues each year
“Diversity is part of our remit; we are known for showcasing ground-breaking content that breaks taboos and challenges conventional thinking – and sure that our colleague training and support reflects what we broadcast to the nation.”
Head of HR
Retaining the good employees is important, not only for the contingently of the business but the cost to replace them.
The average cost of recruiting new staff can range from between £6,000 and £2,000. This figure does not include the the investment in training that is lost when employees leave (CIPD 2017).
Last year almost 1 in 4 people have left their job due to mental health issues. And 31% said they would consider leaving in the next 12 months if stress leaves at work did not improve.
Nearly two thirds of employees say they’d feel more motivated if their employer took action to support mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Shaun Davis is global director, safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability, Royal Mail
former Head of Wellbeing and Corporate Responsibility
Mental Health Training works!
There are numerous case studies of how implementing mental health training in the work place has helped organisation thrive. One of the latest reports is here:
MENTOR: MENtal health first aid in The wORkplace 2018
Researchers surveyed 139 participants from 81 organisations across England. The organisations were spread across 20 different industries in the private, public and third sectors.
Participants were asked what had changed in their workplaces as a result of MHFA England training. Responses included:
– 91% said there had been an increased understanding of mental health issues in their workplace
– 88% increased confidence around mental health issues
– 87% said more mental health conversations were happening at work
– 83% had noticed an improvement in procedures for signposting to further support