Mental health at work
70% of adults in Northern Ireland have experienced a mental health problem in the last twelve months. That’s many of your people struggling—right now—to get through their workday. Perhaps silently.
The mental health of your employees impacts productivity, morale and motivation. And that’s a clear problem for businesses. There’s an answer…
The most successful employers in the public, private and non-profit sectors introduce a positive culture around mental health at work. Not only does it help their people, it also improves their organisation’s performance. Here’s how.
Why mental health is important to your business
When you’re open about the importance of mental health, you help your staff’s emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. And you enjoy five clear benefits:
- Work becomes a happier place to be, which helps you attract the best talent.
- Staff become much more motivated and their work output improves.
- Your best people stay loyal to both you and your business, reducing staff turnover.
- Employees take fewer days off with mental health symptoms and, if they are unwell, they stay off work like they should.
- You enhance your overall business reputation.
Boost mental health with an EAP
The Health Assured employee assistance programme (EAP) is a useful benefit tool to complement your promotion of mental health wellbeing at work.
It’s a complete resource, accessible 24/7 either online, in person or over the phone. It encourages your people to take part in healthy behaviours and activities, offering a sensitive helpline and confidential counselling sessions to help people through life’s challenges.
Plus, to help you identify when someone is at risk or suffering in silence, we offer a way to take action with our mental health first aid training course.
With our EAP’s proactive intervention for staff mental health issues, you give your people the best chance to find a positive outcome for their problems. And that has an astounding effect on your return on investment…
Better mental health, better bottom line
The annual cost of mental health to employers is staggering. In 2008 the Mental Health Commission report The Economics of Mental Health Care in Ireland estimated the direct cost of poor mental health in Ireland at €3 billion each year.
So if you make an effort to boost staff mental wellbeing, how much would you be set to save per employee, per year?
Research shows that an Employee Assistance Programme can provide a return on investment of £8.00 for every £1.00 spent.
To see how much your organisation could save, speak with one of our mental health at work experts today.