According to figures reported by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), during 2016 the estimated working days lost to sickness or injury was 137.3 million. Of these days 15.8 million (11.5%) were lost due to mental health illness.
In addition a report commissioned by the Government in relation to mental health in the workplace, states that across all industry sectors employers spent sums ranging between £1,119- £1,481 per absent employee. The report also highlighted that positive employer interventions can influence and promote well-being and often reduce the level of mental health absence in a business.
The report recommends that employers of all sizes should strive to implement the following standards:
- “Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan that promotes good mental health of all employees and outlines the support available for those who may need it.
- Develop mental health awareness among employees by making information, tools and support accessible.
- Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling, during the recruitment process and at regular intervals throughout employment, offer appropriate workplace adjustments to employees who require them.
- Provide employees with good working conditions and ensure they have a healthy work life balance and opportunities for development.
- Promote effective people management to ensure all employees have a regular conversation about their health and well-being with their line manager, supervisor or organisational leader and train and support line managers and supervisors in effective management practices.
- Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing by understanding available data, talking to employees, and understanding risk factors.”
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•30 per cent of staff disagreed with the statement ‘I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed’ •56 per cent of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don't feel they have the right training or guidance