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Mental Health in the Workplace

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

Let's talk about mental healthAround 25% of workers in the UK will suffer from poor mental health at some point in their working life. The cost to business, work teams, workers and their families is high.
As a manger or business owner what can you do to support your workers and aid recovery?

Recognise the issue
If you employ enough people for long enough then you will, if you haven’t already, encounter a worker with a mental health problem. Be prepared and informed. Find out about the 6 standards that the HSE have identified as factors in workplace stress.

Talk
This doesn’t have to be a direct question about their mental health – try to find out what circumstances are impacting them within the workplace. The HSE standards can be used as a framework for your discussion. Look for ways you can support and assist. You may be able to communicate some of your observations but remember that it is not a disciplinary hearing. Make sure you agree a date to talk again. It may take a number of discussions before an employee is willing to open up.

Plan a recovery programme
Recovery periods in cases of mental health can be uncertain and each person is different. Obtain a report from the worker’s GP and include specific advice in your plan. Record what steps are agreed and put in dates for review.

Create a supportive working environment
Improve your awareness and knowledge – promotion of well-being is as important as assisting with recovery. You could also look into offering an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
Be aware of unusual patterns of absence, behaviour or productivity as these can be signs of an issue.
A temporary period of flexibility may help.
Some larger organisations have well-being ‘first-aiders’ a person can approach if they are feeling overwhelmed.

Let’s be knowledgeable and prepared to tackle these issues and let us have the courage to act on what we see around us and create a workplace that can support those working within it.

For more resources to help you approach Mental Health see our website.

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