Managing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety disorders and more can be very complex in the workplace but is necessary to promote inclusiveness and support employees.
Burn-out, stress and work-life balance are increasingly becoming part of our vocabulary.
issue for employers
If an employee has a mental health condition, the employer is often able to make some simple adjustments that enable the employee to continue in their role – for example, working practice or workload could be adjusted. It is important to remember that every individual’s experience of mental health issues is different, so it is important to communicate with the individual about how best to support their needs.
The Equality Act (2010) states that an employer must make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities – and these include mental impairments.
From a business perspective, proactive support for employees’ mental health conditions can lead to higher morale, lower staff turnaround and increased productivity.
Research shows that work can be beneficial to recovery for people experiencing mental health problems, so making suitable adjustments and providing support are matters of best practice.
You can't afford to ignore
95% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason
Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year
Almost one in three people have experienced mental health issues while in employment
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