Mental Health In The Workplace
Posted on 30th May 2017 at 19:55
Of course, there are many causes and symptoms of mental health problems but work place stress can be an exacerbating factor at the very least. From office politics, work place bullying, lack of resource, poor work life balance, the list goes on of modern-day problems presenting themselves in most offices up and down the country, all of which are contributing to poor mental health and workplace stress for many.
This content will only be shown when viewing the full post. Click on this text to edit it.More than one in five employees agreed that they had called in sick to avoid work when asked how workplace stress had affected them. It is a growing problem across businesses in the UK and its costing millions. So, what can be done about it – and more importantly what can you do about it to help you and your employees?
Mental health is still a taboo topic- especially at work; scared of demotion, being singled out, not given promotions, or worse still- losing their jobs, employees keep quiet and carry on in a damaging way. Damaging as the more it is present and the less it is talked about the worse the problem becomes, and the vicious circle continues, Mental health problems not only hurt the sufferer but impact on their families, their friends, their colleagues, their productivity, their customers and ultimately your bottom line.
56 per cent of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don't feel they have the right training or guidance. So, if you are one of these employers then reach out and we can help you put things in place to make mental health something that can be talked about and addressed within your workplace.
The best thing you can do is something. Anything that raises awareness, starts a discussion or shows that you care will get the ball rolling in the right direction. Something as simple as recognising an awareness day or highlighting something in the news can be a good, non-confrontational way to start your journey in your workplace.
Another great thing is to look at it from a practical point of view. It takes some emotion out of it and allows those who may usually avoid this topic find it accessible, “useful” and something they can participate in without feeling like they are admitting anything too personal. Perhaps offer a separate training session for managers to help their direct reports so as not to single anyone out, you will also be providing invaluable support and training to them so they know their responsibilities and can begin to be ambassadors for your new initiative.
Employees can also have a training session offered in a proactive way – i.e. we are not assuming you are stressed and suffering from mental health issues but here are some practical ways to avoid it and to help you help those around you in case it ever comes up.
Mental health will always be an emotive and personal topic for many but we can help you address it within your workplace in a bespoke and sensitive way. Make sure you are ahead of the game to avoid any major problems down the line. Don’t forget to get in touch to ask any questions or let us know how you have succeeded in supporting your employees with their mental health.
Share this post: