I have decided to write this as a bit of an open letter, as I feel workplace wellbeing is important and warrants everyone taking it seriously.
I would like to open with a question. How much do you value your staff?
I’m sure that the answer to this will be very highly. But do you actually know when they are having problems, or do you wait until things have got so bad that work performance or attendance are affected? Do you wait for the sick note before thinking about the person concerned? Can you tell if someone is suffering or unwell? Would they want to talk to the company directly if they were? Would you if you were them? Do you have a workplace wellbeing strategy in place? If not, I can help on a number of levels.
The cost to employers of poor mental health in the workplace
- At any one time, 1 in 6 working-age adults will have symptoms associated with mental ill health
- The total cost of mental ill health in England in 2009/10 was £105.2billion
- Mental health issues are responsible for 91 million working days lost in the UK. This costs the Workplace £30 billion a year, while the cost of presenteeism (turning up to work when unwell) is around 15.1 billion.
Developing a workplace wellbeing strategy
If you would like to find out more please email me, Craig Fearn