Managing mental health and wellbeing
Effective management of your staff's mental health and wellbeing could make your business more productive.
Between coronavirus, EU Exit, and the cost of living crisis the last few years have been a stressful period for both employers and staff in the UK.
Yet the pressures of work have been impacting our collective mental health for a long time.
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.”
“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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