World Mental Health Day: Mental wellbeing in the workplace
It’s World Mental Health Day and the focus this year is on mental health within the workplace. With a recent figure revealing that nine out of ten employees will experience mental health stigma and discrimination within their workplace, what can businesses do to tackle wellbeing?
What is workplace mental health?
A positive working environment can only encourage employees to be more productive and efficient, as well as happier and motivated; however, is this always achievable?
One in four of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our life; these problems can range from depression to anxiety, stress to insomnia and many others.
Are workplaces prepared to set up wellbeing schemes and offer positive encouragement? Some businesses are often reluctant or fearful about engaging with their employees in discussions surrounding mental health and because of this, the devastating effects of mental illness stigma still exist.
Not only does discrimination within a workplace surrounding mental health still rife, but a recent report has found that 1.2million UK employees have faced demotion or disciplinary and 15% dismissal after disclosing their mental health issues at work.
How does employee mental health affect businesses?
48% of managers have managed someone with a mental health problem – mental wellbeing affects the entire workforce
1/3 of employers would not employ someone with depression – industries are missing out on valuable talent
½ of workplace absences are related to stress
UK business loses £25 billion in productivity every year due to poor mental wellbeing
The focus must shift towards improving mental health in order to prevent potential risks and increase both employee engagement and productivity
A survey conducted by The Hoxby Collective has revealed that over a third of workers that have suffered from mental health problems believe they are a direct result of working rigid hours which suggests that a nine-to-five culture may not be working for our mental wellbeing.
But how can businesses tackle the problems highlighted by World Mental Health Day?
What can businesses do to improve mental health within the workplace?
Flexible working hours aren’t always option for every business however, amongst others, it is an avenue to explore which may encourage a stress-free working environment and increase mental wellbeing.
We can take inspiration from recent entrepreneurs and startup businesses that have adopted the use of technology as a means to tackle employee mental health issues.
The government and Public Health England are recognizing the importance of mental health and wellbeing of every employee within a workplace by highlighting the benefits of investing in mental health interventions.
The reality is that in 2017, one in five workers take a day off due to stress – the number of working days lost due to mental health issues has risen to 24% in the past six years.
However, as the stigma of mental health begins to fall and workplaces are continuously encouraged to recognise mental health awareness, some world-class companies have been taking big steps towards dispelling the myths surrounding mental health.
The ‘This Is Me’ campaign, led by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal aims to reduce stigma and raise awareness of mental health within a working environment by encouraging employees to share their stories via video message or other medium; this is one way companies such as Barclays, PwC, Aon, Mind and Channel 4 progressively work towards preventing workplace stigma.
VHR recognise the importance of ethical recruitment and employee wellbeing of both candidates and clients across industries – learn more about what VHR does to ensure ethical recruitment practices across the world.
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