60% of employees say they’d feel more motivated and more likely to recommend their organisation as a good place to work if their employer took action to support mental wellbeing. (i)
Supporting your employee’s wellbeing doesn’t have to be costly. Certainly not as costly as it would be should unplanned absence levels begin to increase due to wellbeing-related sickness.
Supporting wellbeing in the workplace is vital if your business wants to progress and maintain optimal productivity. Within the UK, mental health problems in the workplace cost the economy approximately £70 billion annually according to Forbes. With 91 million workdays lost in the UK due to symptoms of mental illness.
Clearly investing in mental health training and treatment is clearly a no-brainer. Its vital HR delivers a clear and thorough wellbeing strategy that helps employees understand how they can access help if they need and provide managers with appropriate training and skills to deal with any mental health-related issues.
Mental health has been a taboo subject for far too long, with 1 in 6.8 people experiencing mental health problems. With these new figures showing the people that suffer from mental illness, it is important that people begin to talk, and organisations make it easier to work for those affected.
Certainly, at Pertemps we are working towards diminishing the taboo surrounding mental health and I hope other businesses around the country are doing the same.
We are showing our support at the Being Well festival on Thursday 24th October at Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Recognised as one of the wellness events of the year, it provides a fascinating blend of inspirational speakers and health-related activities.
You can go for free if you are interested in attending go to, https://beingwellfestival.co.uk
(i) Populus poll for Mind of 2,050 adults in England and Wales in employment – polled between 6 and 10 March 2013