Mental health in the workplace has always been an issue, but it’s become much more prevalent over the last few years, following the pandemic. Because of the pandemic, we have become increasingly aware of the challenges associated with mental health, including how it is largely affecting colleagues in the workplace.
It’s a topic that has always carried a significant amount of stigma, with many employees afraid to open up about their mental health. In their latest report, People Management state that, “nearly half of UK employees fear being honest about their mental health in the workplace because they fear it could harm their career” (People Management: UK employees uncomfortable discussing mental health).
The pandemic forced employers to look at mental health much more closely, including how to identify the triggers, signs and how they can support those who are suffering.
According to mentalhealth.org, 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year. With employees being a company’s number one asset, it’s a no brainer that investment in employee health and wellbeing should be high priority.
At Search we want to help you identify the support you can provide employees to drive open conversations and ensure proactive management of their health and wellbeing.
Mental health resources
Providing a toolkit of helpful, resources, guidance and useful networks can make all the difference in increasing awareness of mental health. Furthermore, it’s a really helpful, impartial and practical tool to help employees understand why they might be feeling a certain way, what help is available and how they can better manage their wellbeing. The right resources and guidance can help ease an issue before it becomes bigger for the individual and subsequently a lot more challenging to manage.
Check out Mental Health at Work, an online gateway developed by Mind, which brings together a range of resources, key information and case studies in one place. No matter your industry there’s sure to be lots of useful information in there you can use in your workplace. It may even inspire you to develop your own toolkit!
Make positive wellbeing and mental health the foundation of company culture
Make sure your team knows that wellbeing and mental health is at the heart of your company culture. From celebrating wellbeing activities and awareness events to promoting work-life balance and self-care, it’s vital for employees to realise they don’t need to sacrifice their own mental health for a successful career. At Search, we have revolutionised our training programmes and employee engagement initiatives over the past two years, in order to proactively build a culture of transparency, support and communication. Speaking about what this has done for Search, Emma Tugwell, Senior Talent Development Manager, says: