It’s been documented that 70 million working days are lost each year due to stress, depression and other mental health conditions, costing the UK economy between £70 and £100 billion per year1.
CIPD’s new research, published this month, found that the number of reported mental health cases at work had increased over the last five years. Of over 2000 employees surveyed in 2011 a quarter had reported experiencing mental health issues but this rose to a third in 2016. 85% of employees said that they found it difficult to concentrate and 64% said it affected their ability to respond to tasks quickly2.
Many employees did not feel supported and the CIPD are calling for all employers to increase their focus on employee wellbeing and to promote a culture of wellbeing with processes where staff are supported and can easily flag up any issues.
So what, as an employer, can you do:
- Monitoring staff attendance and looking for triggers can help address issues before they become a problem
- Making services such as counselling available to staff can support the organisation’s commitment to a wellbeing culture and help address any issues early. Individual counselling sessions can be arranged for employees to discuss (and work to resolve issues) that are causing them distress, thus alleviating stress and improving motivation.
- Regularly reviewing workload pressures can help to open discussions
- Offering regular development and training opportunities can help to provide focus
- Monitoring stress levels across departments and seasons can help to flag any peaks that can then be addressed
- Making sure your absence and wellbeing policies are up-to-date and communicated to all staff
- Considering training such as Mindfulness to help understand what is going on and noticing when thoughts are taking over. To find out more about our latest mindfulness training click here.
- Set up an occupational health referral system so, when it is needed, staff can get support quickly helping you to get them back to work quicker. Our occupational health service offers face to face or telephone appointments within 5 working days. Click here for more information for businesses and schools.
Proactively managing well-being in your organisation is not only better for the employee’s experience but it also helps improve productivity, reduce employee turnover and improve morale. If you need help with implementing a wellbeing strategy, updating absence policies, providing occupational health and counselling support or training please get in touch with your HR Advisor or call one of the team on 01924 827869.