Mental health, the World Health Organisation has stated that by 2025, it will be the number one health risk to us all, ahead of even Cancer and Diabetes. As human beings, we all have Mental Health just as we all have Physical Health. We can get mentally ill like we can get physically ill and we need to maintain our wellbeing, both physically and mentally in good balance for maximum health and fitness.
So what do you do exactly? The key is gaining a better understanding of the subject, identifying what your pinch points are, from the data you have or should you not have any then we can guide you on what steps to take next, then deciding what specific aims you wish to achieve. From this we can assist you in formulating a strategy, which will provide clarity and more importantly, the detailed information for you to be able to make informed decisions on the direction you wish to head and how to disseminate the plan to your management teams and employees.
Let’s look at some of the key facts surrounding workplace mental health specifically for you;
- One in three of us will suffer from some form of mental health problem during our lives.
- Mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion per year (MHFA England).
- Mental ill-health costs each employer on average £2,011 per employee, per year (Sainsbury Centre for mental health).
- There are 15.2m sick days per year due to stress, anxiety or depression (Office for national Statistics).
- Only two in five employees are working at peak performance (CIPD) this is commonly referred to as “Presenteeism”.
Devastating facts, really quite scary ones I am sure that most of you will agree. We at Working Minds Matter can relate to this from all our own combined experiences in running a business, however, there are some very cost effective and basic steps you can take, along with standard strategies that can be implemented as a natural progression, which will provide various returns on your investment. Such as;
- Increased Retention (reducing Attrition).
- Increased Productivity.
- Reduced Recruitment costs.
- Reduced Sickness/Long Term Sick costs.
- Enhanced Workplace Culture.
- Provide, or enhance, Workplace Employee Incentives.
- Brand Appeal – Attracting a higher standard of professional candidates, approval of the wider community ie: prospective clients.
- The ‘Feel Good’ factor, as it is the right thing to do!
Workplace Mental Health need not be seen as an additional cost to your business, it links in really well with other developmental training such as: Leadership, Rapport Building, Communication Skills, Resilience Building and Teamwork. However, investing in Workplace Mental Health will lead to a reduction in costs to your business, whilst also supporting the most important element to any business, your employees.
Learn how and where you can reduce costs to your business, whilst supporting your employees and taking advantage of our free presentation: The Impact Of Mental Health In Business, by completing THIS FORM