What support mechanism is available in your business?

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week*

*(Figures provided by Mind.org – This does not include patients in hospitals and prisons etc)

These statistics alone illustrate the grand issue that employers might face, particularly if they are failing to implement strategies to support their employees.

HR & Talent professionals are working hard to implement solutions;

  • 36% reported reviewing individual workloads
  • 20% implement (where possible) flexible working options
  • 20% issued support in the form of counselling
  • 18% invested in better training to help senior staff offer support to their employees.

Over the last five years, the rates of absence due to the most common forms of mental health, including anxiety and depression, which have consistently grown year on year. The strain and challenges associated with working can have a negative impact on the mental wellbeing of some employees.

Failing to provide the appropriate support can be very costly to businesses in terms of employee absence and wellbeing but I accept as an HR/Talent professional that all of this requires time and money. Prevention and intervention are key and there are health and wellbeing services, that employers engage to do exactly that.  In addition, internal workshops to impact on wellbeing, stress and anxiety can make a big difference to an individual.

  • Developing personal resilience
  • Self-management techniques
  • Time management
  • Managing upwards
  • Relaxation classes e.g. yoga etc

The reality is we only have so many hours in a day, but what else can you do to make employees aware that your business is supporting this illness that affects 1 in 4 people a year?

Source – https://www.hrgrapevine.com

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