It's official - workplace wellbeing makes commercial sense!
A recent study by the World Economic Forum, resulting in their Global Agenda on Mental Health 2014-2016, concludes that a mental health issue is not a lack of morality or of weakness, and outlines how organisations benefit both financially and in terms of economic engagement and motivation when practical steps are taken to support staff through difficulties and proactive measures are implemented to improve staff mental health awareness.
For many years, employers have acknowledged the benefits of promoting good physical health to their workforce, but increasingly, mental health is starting to appear on the agenda. It's easy to see the effect on work colleagues when someone comes into the office in a bad mood, but it's perhaps less obvious when a colleague is experiencing a slow and gradual decline into a state of depression.
However, the effects are real - not only on the individual concerned, but also on their colleagues; in terms of feelings of impotence (not knowing how to help), of guilt (not being able to help), of anger (if their workload increases because of someone else's lack of productivity or their absence) and in terms of general distraction. To address these issues, not only benefits not only benefits the affected individual and their line manager, but also all of their colleagues, and potentially, the profitability of the business.
You may have trained mental health first aiders for your organisation to identify and support staff during difficult times, but remember that they are a first line of support, not trained counsellors. They work in conjunction with other services and may themselves need additional support if they are facing many additional challenges and working with other staff members. Even professional counsellors have clinical supervision to ensure they are coping with the additional pressures of helping others.
For the small investment of counselling sessions for your staff on either a pay as you go basis or monthly fee, an employer could avoid weeks of paid absence, not only saving £££s in the long run, but also building staff loyalty and making you an attractive employer to quality talent.
For a one-off fee of £600, a group of staff could learn about the most common mental health problems, how to identify if they are a colleague might be suffering from one of them, and most importantly, action they can take to reduce the effects of and manage such conditions or how to help a colleague in distress. Stress management sessions are also available at this group rate.
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