Reasons to invest in mental health in the workplace

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.

Nearly all of the people with poor mental health said they had ‘always’ or ‘sometimes’ gone into work when experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, and the vast majority said it had affected their performance. *

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

  • finding it difficult to concentrate
  • taking longer to do tasks
  • having difficulty making decisions
  • finding it more difficult juggling a number of tasks
  • being less patient with customers or clients
  • putting off challenging work
  • being more likely to get into conflict with others

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.”

Stephanie Cox., Head of HR
Channel 4

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Maintain Staff

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. 

Happier workers

Nearly two thirds of employees say they’d feel more motivated if their employer took action to support mental health and wellbeing.

Since launching our five-year mental health strategy a year ago, I am more convinced than ever of the importance of mental wellbeing workplace tools, support and signposting. We will continue to build an inclusive culture through strategies, raising awareness, leadership influence and mental health tools such as Mental Health First Aid training.

Dr Shaun Davis is global director, safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability, Royal Mail

Sandra Winters,
former Head of Wellbeing and Corporate Responsibility
NHS England

“Our main resource is our people and the positive approach they take. The most important step is to get people together and talking, and we’re going to carry on using any platform we can to get the message out about mental health.”

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

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