Is hybrid working beneficial for employee wellbeing?
October 9 2023Read more
It has never been more important for organisations to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. At any moment, one in six people in the UK and Ireland are suffering at work with symptoms of a mental health condition. One in six people. The consequences of poor mental health awareness at work mean countless more people could be struggling in silence.
The best employers take a proactive approach to their employee’s wellbeing. They understand a simple truth – happier teams are more productive, enthusiastic, and loyal.
As more resources, tools, advice, and recommendations become available, the opportunity and incentive to take action has never been greater. But where do you start? And how can you tell what will make a genuine long-term positive impact on your people’s wellbeing?
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives, and like our bodies, our minds can become unwell. The World Health Organisation describes mental health as ‘a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community’.
There is still a stigma and misunderstanding about mental health in society and the workplace. Increasing awareness of mental health can help break the taboo and start to build a more open and inclusive culture. Managers need to feel confident and competent to have sensitive conversations with staff about sensitive issues like mental health and signpost to specialist support services if necessary.
Employers should promote good mental health as well as provide support when a challenge emerges. The Mental Health at Work Commitment provides a framework to help organisations put in place the key actions needed to support better mental health outcomes. The framework builds on the Thriving at Work standards using the most up-to-date research from UK employers and mental health experts.
We want to build a community that feels healthy, happy, and productive. Balancing the pressures of work and home life can be challenging for all of us at times. A family break-up. Financial struggles. Dealing with anxiety and depression.
Many factors can affect your employees’ mental health and wellbeing, and while some things they can manage, there may come a time when they need support to overcome those challenges – be they emotional, physical, or financial.
Our Employee Assistance Programme provides guidance and supports your employees with their mental health in the workplace and in life. We can help you create a safe, productive workspace that supports all.
We support employees mental wellbeing with any problems they might be facing in their professional or personal lives with our 24-hour counselling helpline.
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