Everyone knows that businesses perform better when their staff
Many of us spend 35 hours plus, five days a week at work. So, adopting a welcoming, approachable and inclusive culture that supports staff to be open about their mental health is just the first step towards tackling mental health issues in the workplace.
According to the charity Mind and their guide: How to support staff who are experiencing a mental health problem, 1 in 6 workers in the UK are dealing with a mental health problem that can stop them performing their best.
A recent report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), reviewed by AXA PPP healthcare, shows that the number of days taken off due to mental health issues has increased by 25
The data, which looks at sickness absences in the UK from 2013 to 2015 found the top reasons for absence to be stress,
Back pain accounted for 9.2 per cent, gastrointestinal problems 9.1 per cent and respiratory conditions 5.5 per cent were also common reasons for work absence.
“It’s interesting to see the ONS report and that the number of employees taking leave as a result of stress,
“However, there are still many unreported cases in UK workplaces, so we estimate the actual number of sickness days taken is sadly much higher than the ONS is reporting. Also, we must remember that all of the other reasons for sickness absence on the list could have a psychological component that exacerbates or causes the symptoms experienced.
“Looking after the physical and psychological health of employees should be of paramount importance to employers, and the benefits are significant. Fit and happy employees with good jobs will be more engaged, their effort and creativity
Employers don’t have to take on huge costly health