Are Manchester firms addressing workplace wellness?

According to mental health charity Mind, one-in-four people experience a mental health problem in the UK each year – so the likelihood is high that someone in your workplace is struggling with stress, anxiety or depression right now. While several of Manchester’s key entrepreneurs have spoken publicly about their experiences, the reality is that many more workers stay silent. “It takes a lot to get over the slightly warped, alpha male attitude in business where you have to suck it up and get on with it,” said Professor Vikas Shah, a serial entrepreneur and international business icon, who has spoken freely in the press about his anxiety and depression. Professor Shah is managing director of the Swiscot Group, a Manchester-based textiles and commodities trading firm, visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship with MIT Sloan and an honorary professor at the Alliance Manchester Business School. He elaborated: “There’s also the sense that as a business ‘leader’ you shouldn’t show weakness. It’s not that people have said not to talk about these things, it’s just that this attitude has become a dogma within business.”   Excerpt from Manchester Evening News, read the full article here.

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