MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK
A HAPPY EMPLOYEE OR EMPLOYEES MAKES FOR A GREAT WORKFORCE
AND THAT HAS GOT BE TO BE A GOOD THING.
Whether you work for Buckingham Palace, Poundland or Specsavers, Linklaters, Sky or Easy Jet, the BBC, Inland Revenue, or Collingwood Legal – we are sure you will agree that good mental health is not only highly important but vital.
Whether you are the CEO, MD, Graduate Trainee or the HR Director, Accounts Clerk or Canteen Manager you need to be aware of the impact that mental health has on your company.
Napoleon Bonaparte once said that an army marches on its stomach. Richard Branson said “Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients”.
We are currently living through challenging and, some may say, very insecure times with every day touched by the threat of terrorism, political uncertainty, talks of nuclear war, and financial insecurity at the forefront of people’s anxiety. In an age when everything is being turned upside down and questioned, there has never been a more important time to put mental health at the top of the agenda.
The country, through the government and the media, is finally recognising that mental health is something that should be taken really seriously. We are not advocating a nanny state where everyone is looked after by the corporation. However, we are suggesting a nod of respect to the great 19th Century philanthropists such as Fry, Cadbury, Rowntree and John Lewis.
But if you’re still in any doubt about the importance of good mental health at work, here are 6 stats* that should change your mind…
The number of work hours that are lost each year because of mental health issues including stress, depression, anxiety as well as more serious conditions such as manic depression and schizophrenia. This makes up 11.5% of the total number of sick days for 2016 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The year on year increase of the number of days taken off work because of mental health issues.
Last year, over half a million Brits suffered from stress at work, resulting in an average of 24 days lost per worker at a cost of more than £5billion.
In a recent survey carried out by MIND, more than one in five UK workers called in sick to avoid work when asked how workplace stress had affected them.
Research from the Mental Health Foundation estimates that the output of people with common mental health problems in the workplace is nine times (or £25bn) more than the cost of mental health problems to economic output. That output is equal to 12.1% of Britain’s GDP.
The percentage of the UK working population in 2015 that had mental health problems.
*Source: Institute of Directors 2017
THE INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS AND LISA MINNELLI?
I am delighted to have been asked by the IOD to help spread the word about good mental health and prevention being better than cure. Here is the first of a series of blogs and videos, wonderfully supported by the amazing Ms Minnelli and brilliant clip from ‘Cabaret’.
The topic of mental health has never been as important as it is right now and is heading for the top of most people’s agendas. However, we need to talk about what it actually is and how to go about implementing good practice. It’s easy to make assumptions that we know what it is – but do we?
It is easy to talk the talk but less easy to walk the walk. We all need to be seen practising good mental wealth from the top down to the ground floor. Yes, that’s right, it starts with you the Directors! And the way you do that is… by talking about it and listening to what others say.
The best step forward for your business is to start implementing plans to promote good mental wealth. And before you are half way through, you will be amazed to see how good you have become at mental wealth arithmetic. Begin it now!
(Read the full article at the IOD website: https://www.iod.com/news-campaigns/mental-health/articles/a-better-kind-of-wealth-management)