To better understand Mental Health within a workplace environment, it is essential that we all gain a better understanding as to the harsh realities of how mental ill health impacts UK employers and the country itself from an economy view point. This isn’t about being all ‘Pink and Fluffy’ or having to believe in anything ‘Intangible’, it is about gaining a full understanding of the facts, how stress and other factors impact on employees and the outcomes from this, which will enable you to make more informed decision.
Workplace Mental Health Business Model
“Supporting mental health in the workplace is not just a corporate responsibility; staff who have positive mental health are more productive and businesses who promote a progressive approach to mental health can see a significant impact on business performance, so it’s about good business too.
Dr Justin Varney, National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing Public Health
What’s The Impact On Your Business?
Absenteeism, Recruitment, Retention and Presenteeism costs businesses up to £42bn a year, how are they impacting on your business and how committed are you to reducing costs and enhancing your workplace culture? The key is gaining a better understanding of the subject, identifying what your pinch points are and deciding what specific aims you wish to achieve. It is not about getting you to spend money with us, it is about demonstrating how to invest your money effectively and for this investment to increase efficiency, thus reducing your costs, whilst supporting your employees and earning their loyalty.
Where Are You Now? What Training Do You Need?
Mental health is not a “one size fits all” area, so you need to spend time in the planning phase, before investing in areas that will provide a limited return. You have identified that mental health is impacting your business, what do you do now? A recent study showed 60 per cent of employees would feel more motivated if their employer showed support for their wellbeing. How do your staff feel about their workplace? Training is essential at every level within the workforce and should be based around: Prevention, Intervention and Protection, with your middle management at the core. How well trained are your employees?
“A healthy workplace is one where employees and managers work together to protect and promote their health, safety and wellbeing and the sustainability of the business.” – World Health Organisation
An effective workplace mental health strategy considers;
Mental Health Strategies
Prevention, Intervention, Protection, Regression
Where are you now within your own workplace?
What do you do to support good mental health?
What preventative measures are in place?
Where can you improve this?
What else might you need to introduce?
Before implementing a strategy, think;
What can be done?
What cost is there?
What Policies and Procedures need to be looked at?
What are the legal requirements?
Support You Can Provide
Initiate conversations raise awareness of mental health and inform where people can gain support.
Speak with employees, include them and ask for feedback through regular surveys on workplace wellbeing, communicating results to everyone.
Inspire and Empower individuals to become more aware of their overall Wellbeing.
Gain knowledge of employees support available such as the, Employee Assistance Program.
Provide guidance and training that educates and empowers Self-Care, Self-Help and the ability to Spot the signs, which in turn will enhance resilience.
Introduce/engage in, internal communications raising awareness of mental health and its impact within the workplace
Peer-to-peer support systems
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“Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace, including prevention and early identification of problems, should enable employers to save 30% or more of these costs – at least £8 billion a year.” – Centre for Mental Health
This website is a platform which celebrates and promotes Mental Health in all of its forms. A place where you can be Inspired, Educated and where you will leave feeling Empowered, with an aim of you better managing your own Mental Wellbeing.