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Mental health is often thought of as a measure of unhappiness, imbalance or even mental illness. In fact, mental health is a measure of the state of our minds. It is a key determinant of the workplace environment as it affects employee productivity, engagement and team relationships. The Office for National Statistics found in a study that “Output per hour in the UK was 18 percentage points below the average for the rest of the major G7 advanced economies in 2014, the widest productivity gap since comparable estimates began in 1991.”
Recent reports by ACAS suggest that the cost of poor mental health to businesses amounts to £30 billion every year. This startling figure shows this is a significant problem and there are no signs it is decreasing. Accordingly the issue should be at the top of the business agenda when looking at ways to improve business performance.
To help employers with practical guidance to address this issue, Charles Russell Speechlys teamed up with Maudsley Learning at Work and hosted a workshop session for clients and contacts on 28 September 2016. As part of this, the team ran a survey in July to help understand the current approaches businesses are taking to address mental health issues in the workplace, which produced some interesting statistics. For example, there appears to be a distinct disconnect between the number of people who believe their companies have initiatives in place to address mental health (65% of respondents) and the number who feel comfortable discussing their mental health within the workplace (42% of respondents).
A summary report of the survey can be found here:
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The recommendations discussed during the event included:
Charles Russell Speechlys and Maudsley Learning at Work will be running practical workshops to provide further training including policy drafting sessions to clients. To find out more or to book a course, please contact Vlada Penlington, Maudsley Learning at Work, at 07825 77 52 33 / email@example.com