Mental health at work
Whilst there has been some advancement, for many, mental health in the workplace remains, very much, still a taboo subject. Starting a conversation about mental health or making changes in the workplace does not have to be difficult. At Prosperis, this is something we are trying to change and promote to our corporate clients.
It is vital that organisations take responsibility for the mental health of their employees. With the Mental Health Foundation reporting an astounding 70 million work days are lost each year to mental health problems, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year. Evidence suggests amongst those in full time work, this affects nearly twice as many women (19.8%) than men (10.9%).
Our financial advisors and employee benefit experts advise the following four steps to organisations and businesses to promote wellbeing, improve performance, and reduce absence – all through caring and supporting employees.
Appointing and educating ‘Ambassadors’ (e.g. line managers) to notice and talk about potential issues with colleagues. Ongoing education and training is vital to guarantee ambassadors know how to spot and guide those who need support. This education can also be taken away from the workplace and can aid employees who might have a member of their family or friend in need.
Creating an organisational culture where employees feel comfortable and supported in talking about mental health issues.
Counselling and treatment for mental health conditions can be found through a variety of company schemes including EAP’s, PMI and cash plans. Businesses cannot always afford the most comprehensive cover for everyone but there are some lower cost options available. Support is also available from the NHS and various charities. Do you know the extent of cover your company has and where best to direct employees who need support?
Put in place a return to work process. Reintegration at work and with colleagues is a imperative step to progression. Be sure not to tread on eggshells and help those returning by having a appropriate and defined programme in place. Setting too little work can be as bad as acting as if nothing has happened.
At Prosperis we track the pioneering research and innovative strategies coming from international experts. We attend seminars, speak to providers, charities and those working in the NHS to find the best strategies for our clients. We can analyse your current cover, identify any gaps and discuss ways to improve your mental health programme.
We can even help with online delivery and communication platforms to help make the entire health and wellbeing process easy and inexpensive.
For any Corporate Clients, Prosperis will be pleased to arrange a discovery meeting without cost or obligation to understand your structure and share some ideas with you.