World Mental Health Day – considerations for employers

One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point.

Mental ill health costs employers in the UK £30 billion every year through absence and loss of productivity. A workplace culture that promotes health and well-being can only make a positive impact on the workplace, and therefore supporting mental health can assist in the recovery of individuals who are struggling.

On World Mental Health Day, here are some pointers for organisations to promote the health and well-being of its workers:

  • identify any working practices that might cause mental health issues, and act on them
  • introduce a policy which confirms that the organisation is committed to promoting positive mental health in the workplace
  • provide training to managers to support health and well-being in the workplace
  • introduce mentors who can be approached for employees to have a confidential discussion
  • introduce an employee assistance scheme
  • ensure positive work cultures, e.g. encourage a positive work life balance, lunch away from desk, promote exercise e.g. lunchtime walks.

An organisation’s most important asset is its workforce. Taking these steps will go a long way to promote and improve the health and well-being its staff.

If you have any questions please contact Sejal Raja on sejal.raja@rlb-law.com.


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