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Mental Health in the Workplace
Failure to manage employees’ mental health in the workplace can lead to a number of problems for organisations, such as long-term sickness absence, low morale and reduced productivity. As an employer, it’s important that you’re aware of mental health issues and you have the ability to take the appropriate steps to manage this effectively. However, many people feel stigmatised and are reluctant to disclose details about a mental health condition.
The Office for National Statistics reports that 21.9 million days were lost in 2017 due to a mental health issue, which includes stress, depression and anxiety.
Mental health is a complex issue, which can have serious repercussions for both the employee and employer, if poorly managed. As well as the financial cost to the business, there’s also a correlation between accidents at work and mental ill health. Therefore, employers need to invest into a robust, strategic framework, which includes relevant policies and procedures, to ensure they are ready to tackle any mental health issues as they arise.
Advice on Managing Employee Mental Health
Below are a few ways you can start to build mental health awareness and encourage a supportive culture within your workplace:
- Create an environment whereby your employees feel able to disclose mental health conditions.
- Support employee attendance to mental health therapies, whether onsite at your premises or outside of work.
- Maintain regular contact with anyone on long-term sickness absence due to a mental health issue to prevent isolation.
If you’re an employer looking for HR Advice on how to manage mental health, we offer a range of services, including Consultancy and Retained Support. Read our blog on this subject, The Benefits of a Mental Health First Aider.
One way to prepare your organisation is to ensure you have a fully trained Mental Health First Aider onsite. Book a place on our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course.
For advice on how to deal with employee mental health issues, please call us today on 01455 231982 or 07716 91272. Or, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.