Mental Health: Taking care of your staff

Mental Health week is from 14 – 20th May and there is no better time than to think about what you can be doing as an employer to assist your employees in the management and alleviation of mental health issues in the work place.

Did you realise that:

  • More than one in 5 (21 %) agreed that they had called in sick to avoid work when asked how work place stress had affected them;
  • 14% agreed they had resigned and 42% had considered resigning when asked how work place stress had affected them;
  • 30% of staff disagreed with the statement “I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed”
  • 56% of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance

(Source MIND)

In addition, any business owner needs to be aware of any particular issue impacting the successful running of the business and the CIPD recently found that:

  • 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
  • 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks
  • 80% find it difficult to concentrate
  • 62% take longer to do tasks
  • 50% are potentially less patient with customers/clients.

Whilst we always try and encourage employees to take responsibility for themselves there are a huge amount of resources available to enable employers to do more to improve general wellbeing at work ranging from free download guides, various training courses and packs for staff. If you are interested in talking through the various options to promote wellbeing and in particular see how you can be more proactive in supporting your employees in dealing with mental health issues at work then please do get in touch.