Why it's time to start caring about staff mental health

Our workforce's mental health is a shambles, according to a major new survey by charity Business In The Community (BITC) and YouGov.

The study, which questioned 20,000 British workers aged 16 to 64, uncovered a shocking lack of employer awareness and responsiveness in terms of work-related mental health issues.

What did the study find?

Only 22% of managers said they'd received training in identifying and supporting employees struggling with poor mental health. A shocking 63% said they felt obliged to prioritise the interests of the organisation over the wellbeing of team members.

When taking into consideration what we already know about mental health and productivity (that the former negatively impacts the latter), this finding is shocking.

Henry Stewart, founder of London-based training business Happy, says: “People work best when they feel good about themselves. People do not work well when they are bullied, told off or blamed. Such behaviour should have no place in the modern workplace. We need environments where people feel trusted to do their best, within guidelines, and where the role of managers is to coach not instruct. Do that and you will get both better mental health and a more productive organisation.”

Later this month we will be running a free lunchtime webinar on mental health in the workplace.

Why it’s time to care about mental health in the workplace - Friday 27 October 2017 @ 12.30 pm

The webinar will cover:

  • How to take care of yourself.
  • Ways to look after your staff.
  • How to lessen the stigma of mental health at work.
  • Law and mental health in the workplace
  • How to train and assess staff.

Sign up here to receive a link to the webinar on the day >

You can also check out our e-learning course FeelRite, which aims to train all staff on how to recognise and deal with poor mental health in the workplace. The course takes 20 - 45 minutes to complete. It's illustration-led with plenty of interactive elements to keep users engaged.

We can tailor the course content for you to reflect your specific wellbeing policies if needed.

See the course and book a free trial here >