Employers, and in particular managers, play a key role in supporting the physical as well as the mental wellbeing of their team members. A healthy managers’ approach can create a supportive, non-judgmental ethos within the team allowing team members to flourish.
There are operational, legal, financial and moral reasons to give mental wellbeing a priority in the workplace; managers who are well informed in this area will be much more effective in making this a priority.
Mental ill-health is currently the biggest single reason why people leave the workplace. Absenteeism is incredibly costly and disruptive to all organisations. Presenteeism (coming to work when ill) has been estimated to be twice as costly as absenteeism; this hidden cost has massive impacts on performance and health & safety.
The Stevenson and Farmer ‘The Thriving at Work’ report, published in October 2017, recommends 6 ‘mental health core standards,’ as a starting point for managing mental health in the workplace. These standards include the implementation of a mental health at work plan; raising awareness of mental health; and encouraging open conversations with regard to the relevant support available.
Further details of the Thriving at Work report: