Managers, bosses, directors – anyone who works with anyone listen up! Did you know –
Research confirms that a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers:
- More than one in five (21 percent) reported that they had called in sick to avoid work (when asked how workplace stress had affected them)
- 30 percent of staff disagreed with the statement “I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed”
- 56 percent of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance
(Source: MIND charity, March 2017)
Not only is the welfare of our staff affected it obviously costs employers huge amounts of money every year –
Absence from work due to mental health issues is thought to cost the UK economy £26 billion per annum.
The Health & Safety Executive’s draft ‘Health and Work strategy: Work-related stress’ identifies that 1.5% of the working population suffers from mental health issues, resulting in 11.7 million working days lost in 2015/16 (23.9 days/case).
Compare this to self-reported injuries – 4.9M working days lost (7.2 days/case) – and the scale of workplace mental ill-health is almost two and a half times the physical impact of unsafe workplaces and working practices.
(Source: – SHPonline February 2017)