Managing mental health and wellbeing
Effective management of your staff's mental health and wellbeing could make your business more productive.
The current coronavirus crisis – coupled with concerns over the economy and Brexit – makes this one of the most stressful periods that employers and staff in the UK have faced in a long time.
Yet the increased pressures of work predate coronavirus. According to the Labour Force SurveyLink opens in a new window, 12.48 million working days were lost to work-related stress, depression and anxiety in 2018–2019. During that period, stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 54% of all working days lost due to ill health.
All this lost productivity damages businesses and, ultimately, the UK economy.
Andy Bell, deputy chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health, explains: “Mental ill health at work cost the UK economy £34.9 billion in 2017. That’s the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in every business.” He expects this figure to be exceeded as a result of COVID-19.
“Employers can take steps to reduce this cost in their businesses, and this must start with creating safe, fair and just workplaces. We know that unfair job expectations, bullying, insecurity and discrimination at work are toxic to mental health.
“Creating workplaces where people feel safe – especially now – where they are treated fairly and given a say over their working routines and conditions will support better mental health and ultimately improve productivity.”
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