Mental Health in the workplace

Every single employee that you have, will be effected by varying degrees of mental health issues, just in the same way they will at some point be effected by physical health issues, the variable is the severity of effect it has upon them, with regards to mental health, it is continually quoted that 1 in four people in the UK will be effected in a severe way in some point in their life.

One in four sick notes are now stated being due to a mental health, rather than a physical health reason, the reality however is possibly much larger due to the remaining stigma of speaking out about mental health issues.

Its reported that stress and poor mental health costs UK businesses an estimated £34.9 billion each year, equating to around £1,300 per employee per year and resulting in 15.8 million sick days. However mental health rarely forms part of a company’s Health and Safety Policy and line managers are rarely trained to identify and address.

Under UK law, employers have a ‘duty of care’ to protect the health, safety and welfare of all employees while at work. They also have to assess the risks arising from hazards at work including work-related stress.

Where low levels of stress can generally be a positive motivation, excessive levels have a very negative affect on the person and the company.
 

Being Human has recently put together a video explaining the financial cost of mental health in the workplace.

So often we hear 'we don't have the budget for this type of training' when the return on investment is so many times the outlay.

High levels of stress in the workplace can lead to:
  • Anxiety Depression Isolation (Withdrawn) Poor decision-making.
  • Lack of focus. 
  • Increased sickness and absence. 
  • High staff turnover. 
  • Poor employee/work place relations 
On the flip side - Healthy and motivated people results in:
  • Positive approach to challenges
  • Go the extra mile 
  • Give good customer service
  •  Produce better work
  • Less sick days
  • Provide commitment and creativity
  • Proactively engage 
  • Effective teams
Increasingly, the demands on the individual in the workplace reach out into the homes and social lives of employees. Long, uncertain or unsocial hours, working away from home, taking work home, high levels of responsibility, job insecurity, and job relocation all may adversely affect family responsibilities and leisure activities. This is likely to undermine a good and relaxing quality of life outside work, which is an important buffer against the stress caused by work. In addition, domestic pressures such as childcare responsibilities, financial worries, bereavement, and housing problems may affect a person's robustness at work. Thus, a vicious cycle is set up in which the stress caused in either area of one's life, work or home, spills over and makes coping with the other more difficult.

It becomes a dangerous spiral – The more stressed you become, the more unproductive and unhappy you become, the more unproductive you become the more stressed you get, the… you get the idea

Being Human delivers cleverly designed ongoing training and support programmes that breaks down mental health stigma, educates and coaches staff in mind, life and work techniques to promote balance, well being and motivation.

The side effects:
  • Ability to overcome work and personal issues 
  • Increased productivity
  • Greater motivation
  • Increased teamwork
  • Better communication
  • Decrease in sick days
  • Improved working environment
  • Culture change
  • Smiling
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