Mental health is now being taken much more seriously in the workplace. It’s hard not to when an average of 12.5 million working days are lost to the UK economy each year according to the Economics Foundation. Many employers are providing counselling support and interventions for sufferers which is quite clearly a good thing compared to what happened in the past.
Wouldn’t it be much more sensible however, if employers provided early interventions before people started to suffer and develop such serious issues that they needed to take extended periods of time off or even give up work altogether?
It’s a no brainer to say that people are more likely to have better mental health when they feel positive and good about themselves. In the workplace this is likely to happen when they feel valued by their employer and their colleagues. When they have purpose which fits with the job they are doing and when they have a good work life balance. This is all something that it is within the power of an employer to do something about. Organisations need to talk to their staff and find out what is important to them and what motivates them and then they need to act on this information.Read More