How much are mental health issues costing your business?
One in four people experience mental health problems in any one year. It is estimated that absence from work due to mental health issues costs the UK economy £26 billion per annum and in 2015/16 resulted in 11.7 million working days lost.
60 per cent of employees experience symptoms of poor mental health related to work – including depression, anxiety and panic attacks and yet fewer than one in four managers have actually received any training on dealing with these issues and often feel unskilled and fearful about their role in managing staff with mental health issues.
In the workplace, mental health issues impact an organisation’s productivity and profitability through overtime costs and costs related to recruitment of cover staff (either permanent or temporary).
In addition, mental health can have a serious impact on the morale of employees – those suffering as well as their colleagues who then have to pick up the additional workload and also their managers who then have to take responsibility for the impact on their business.
How does your business manage mental health issues?
In a recent report by Business in the Community,(1) 15 per cent of people surveyed said that they had faced disciplinary proceedings as a result of disclosing mental health issues at work. One in 10 people even said they’d been sacked or forced out of their jobs.
Providing support for employees is part of your duty of care as an employer, is important for your organisation’s productivity and profit as well as being vital for the individual concerned.
Many employers are taking positive steps to address mental health in the workplace through encouraging awareness, challenging preconceptions and changing their approach and reaction to mental health. How about you?
Improving your company’s management of mental health issues can save at least 30% of the cost of lost production (2) and staff turnover through reducing absenteeism, retaining valued and experienced staff members and avoiding recruitment, induction and training costs.
How can I help your business?
As an experienced, service manager I have supported and line managed staff with various mental health issues.
As a qualified trainer and counsellor, I also train people in helping and counselling skills.
I have worked with various organisations to develop appropriate policies covering a range of issues likely to occur in the workplace amongst both management and employees.
Whether you are a large or small business, I will tailor my services to meet your needs and will deliver cost effective, in house training in order to raise awareness and develop skills and strategies.
With all of the training that I deliver, the focus is not only on increasing knowledge, but also on challenging attitudes and developing practical skills – all of which are necessary to empower your organisation to take a proactive, whole workplace approach to employees’ mental health.
What can I offer?
Mental Health Awareness Self Development for Staff
This is a one day programme aimed at increasing self-awareness in order to understand and recognise mental health issues and their triggers.
At the end of this self development day your staff will:
- Have examined their attitude toward mental health
- Have an awareness of common mental health issues
- Know strategies for managing their own mental health and wellbeing and understand when and how to ask for help.
Supporting Staff with Mental Health Issues – Training
This is a four day training course aimed at equipping line managers with the knowledge and skills to support staff with mental health issues.
At the end of this training, managers will:
- Be able to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues in their staff
- Have developed skills to enable conversations with someone about their mental health
- Know how to support someone experiencing a mental health problem
Understand strategies for managing an employee’s time off sick and their return to work
Creating a Mentally Healthy Workforce – Training
This is a three day course aimed at senior leaders in organisations and looks at the legal, organisational and ethical responsibilities, strategies and policies needed to create a mentally healthy workplace.
At the end of this training, senior leaders will:
- Understand and recognise the workplace triggers for mental health issues and the impact upon employees and your business
- Understand the key manager behaviours that empower your organisation to develop a proactive mental health culture
- Understand how to develop strategies and policies that support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
- Have identified important steps to take to create a more open and supportive culture in the workplace
For further information or enquiries, please contact me.
1. Mental Health at Work Report 2017: National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey Findings 2017. Business In The Community
2. Mental health: the costs to employees and businesses: By Richard Dryden and Ian Harries: https://www.shponline.co.uk/49297-2/