How can you improve the mental health of your staff?November 29, 2016 // No Comments
Mental health, just like physical health, has a major impact on how well workers are able to carry out their jobs. But for many workers and their employers, mental health remains a taboo subject. This is despite the fact that the Department of Health estimates that one in four adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year. The impact of mental illness on businesses and the economy is significant. The Centre for Mental Health estimates that 91 million working days are lost because of mental illness each year with a cost to the UK economy of almost £26 billion due to sickness absence, reduced productivity and staff turnover.
Organisations with happy, focused and rewarded workers are generally more successful; sick leave will be lower, productivity higher and staff retention better. Businesses can improve the mental health of their staff by:
- creating a supportive culture;
- implementing policies that promote good mental health;
- talking to staff regularly about workload and how well they are coping with pressure;
- taking supportive steps to help someone who is struggling;
- keeping in contact with staff when they are off sick with stress;
- planning absent employees’ return to work carefully and ensuring that supportive changes are made to workloads or working environment.
Remember that SAIF Members can contact SAIFSupport which provides a completely confidential telephone and email helpline. Members who need further support will be offered six free counselling sessions. Login to the Members’ area to read more about SAIFSupport and how to contact the service.