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5 reasons why your business should invest in mental health support

5 reasons why your business should invest in mental health support

 10/05/2018

Here at The Growth Company, we pride ourselves on our mental health support for staff – and we encourage more businesses to follow suit. Here are just 5 reasons why you should make the investment.

If a member of your staff broke their leg or had an operation, it’s highly likely you would have system in place to offer them the support they needed once they were fit enough to return to work.

However, if an employee was battling with their mental health, would you know what help to offer them? You might not have even been aware of their suffering.

But when you consider that in the last year alone, 526,000 people in the UK experienced work-related stress, anxiety or depression (The Labour Force Survey 2017), the chances are someone in your organisation is going through a tough time with their mental health.

Here at The Growth Company, we pride ourselves on our mental health support for staff – and we encourage more businesses to follow suit. Here are just 5 reasons why you should make the investment.

Reduce absenteeism

From 2016-17, over 12.5 million working days were lost due to stress (The Labour Force Survey 2017). Poor mental health is one of the most common reasons for staff to call in sick. And, according to NHS data, sick days due to mental health conditions cost businesses over £10.5 billion a year.

The better support you offer as a company, the less likely your staff are to take time off because of their mental health – saving your business money in the long run.

Encouraging your staff to be open about their mental health problems in one-to-one discussions can help you identify any areas where they may need help, giving you the opportunity to tailor support to their individual needs and reduce the need for them to take sick leave.

Boost productivity

Absenteeism will of course have a negative effect on productivity. But even if your staff are in work, they won’t be performing at their best if they’re facing mental health struggles.

Taking the time to understand what issues your staff are dealing with will help you to make better decisions in terms of delegating workload. If an employee is suffering from anxiety, the last thing they’ll want is to be tasked with leading an important project which would greatly add to their stress levels.

By making adjustments to your team’s responsibilities when necessary, you’ll be demonstrating empathy whilst ensuring work still gets done.

However, if you have a comprehensive support system in place, it’s likely your staff will seek the help they need before it has chance to impact their productivity.

Retain your staff

If your employees don’t feel like they’re getting the support they need, there’s a real risk of them quitting their job altogether – especially if work is one of the main contributing factors to their ill mental health.

A business is nothing without great employees, and it’s amazing what a difference help services can do to make staff feel valued and supported. The more you do as an organisation to assist staff with their mental health problems, the more likely they are to stay loyal to your company.

Help to break the stigma

It is easy to find examples of employees who give different reasons for their absence when suffering from mental health issues. And whilst we have managed to tackle some of the stigma associated with mental health – it is still present in today’s organisations. The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests that “only 44% of employees would feel confident to disclose unmanageable stress or mental health problems to their employer”. (CIPD website, 2016 Research)

Building a culture that adopts and embraces wellbeing will really demonstrate to employees the value that you place on their physical and mental health. This journey starts at the top of the organisation through displaying behaviours that show leaders and managers respect, understand and protect their own as well as others’ wellbeing. Only then can open and honest conversations take place. This is the way to help break the taboo.

Be seen as an ethical employer

Showcasing the mental health support that you offer your staff will help you to be seen as an ethical employer. This will help you to attract new talent to your business when you’re recruiting for new vacancies, and raise your profile as an employer of choice in your local area.

Over to you

Employee wellbeing isn’t just about you providing resources – it’s about giving your staff the confidence and tools to help themselves.

We can support your company in developing strategies and policies that will create a healthy, happy workplace where openness and honesty is welcomed and encouraged. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch and one of our team will discuss your needs.

Alex Elmywood

Director of Consultancy Services 

@GC_Orgimprove

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