Supporting employees’ mental health at work: is your business doing enough?

Supporting employees’ mental health at work: is your business doing enough?

Over 300,000 UK workers have to leave their jobs each year, due to long-term problems with mental health at work.

A new government report found that the number of people who are forced to leave work due to mental health problems was 50% higher than those who left as a result of physical health conditions.

It also found that poor mental health in the workplace costs the UK economy up to £99 billion each year. This could be costing UK employers between £33 billion and £42 billion annually.

In some workplaces, mental health is a taboo subject. Both company owners and employees often prefer to avoid the subject, which can be detrimental to both personal and business wellbeing.

However, the report has found that investing in the mental health of employees is good for business and productivity.

Chief executive of the mental health charity, Mind, Paul Farmer, co-authored the report. He ebelieves that it’s vital that businesses of all sizes support their staff members with any mental health problems.

The report makes 40 recommendations on how your business can support employees who are struggling. It advises that businesses of all sizes should adopt the following core standards to improve mental health in the workplace:

  1. Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan
  2. Develop mental health awareness among employees
  3. Encourage open conversations about workplace mental health and the available support
  4. Make sure your employees have good working conditions
  5. Promote effective people management
  6. Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing

If you’d like to find out how to better support your employees with their mental health at work, check out Mind’s section dedicated to supporting businesses.