World Mental Health Day this year is focusing on mental health in the workplace and how we can support our colleagues. Estimates from the United Kingdom indicate that up to £70 billion is lost annually due to mental ill health and reduced productivity of employees with up to 20 percent of the workforce taking on average, one day off annually because of stress and other mental health related issues.
Providing a positive workplace environment has several benefits for the workplace as well.
As an SME, you're perhaps more likely to understand your employees on a more personal level than a larger organisation. These include improving NHS mental health provision to better assist employers and employees alike and increasing provision of mental health support and advice, for both employers themselves and in relation to their support for employees, within Growth Hubs.
Today, one in three sick notes given by Global Positioning System are due to anxiety and stress and this can hit small businesses hard who operate with tighter staffing levels.
Malaysia has an estimated 15 million workforce as of a year ago, but it is unclear how many workers have mental health issues.
"They should not say, "oh let us suspend him from work".
It is obvious that poor mental health of individual employees has significant repercussions for businesses including poor motivation, increased staff turnover, sickness absences due to stress, burnout and exhaustion.
Lyons Tea, which has been fuelling the nation's conversation for decades, has today announced the findings of new research* exposing the mindset of Irish residents when it comes to mental health.
Don't lose confidence in the person or think they're making excuses.
Of those who have spoken to someone about their mental health, the overwhelming majority (96%) prefer to do so in person, with only 4% opting to speak to someone online.
"Government needs to play its part by talking to the small business community and supporting them create an environment where mental health can be talked about". So, creating a culture of disclosure is imperative. However according to a 2017 Office Genie survey of 2,000 British workers, half of those with a mental health problem felt that there was not enough support at work. I would also like to thank all those who support the Youth Trust.
But while the number of those affected who are willing to speak up is on the rise, there is still a disconnect in terms of how mental wellbeing is handled by employers.
Companies may have access to EAPs with group risk products, like Income Protection.
Dr Akwasi Osei, the Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority (MHA) on Monday, advised employers to pay serious attention to mental health issues at the workplace to enhance productivity.
More than half (51%) of survey respondents who had confided in their line manager about a mental health issue did not receive any extra support. Through powerful words and actions, we can shift the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions. There are many different sessions available and some third-party providers offer in-house training too. Sometimes, mental health professionals rank even lower in the rungs of the solution ladder than astrologers and babas.
It's good to talk - if you have an employee you are anxious about, tell them you have concerns, ask them how they are, and ask what you can do to support them.
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