Reasons to invest in mental health in the workplace

Every business in the UK can be effected by mental health problems in the workplace. Whilst there is now a growing appreciation for employers to address this, a lot still needs to be done to raise mental health awareness in the workplace and reduce the sigma it can have.

''On average, for every £1 spent on supporting their people’s mental health, employers get £5 back on their investment. Interventions with the highest return tend to be focus on preventative large-scale initiatives ''

Reactive (1-1) mental health support

Therapy with a licenced Mental Health practitioner

Average ROI 3:1

Proactive mental health support

Line manager workshops, mental health training

Average ROI 5:1

Organisation wide culture & raising awareness

Providing training universally or to targeted groups

Average ROI 6:1

Mental health and employers:  Refreshing the case for investment – Deloitte – January 2020

As you will see from the fact and figures below, a lot of work-related mental health issues and be prevented or greatly reduce through training of staff and good management.

Issues that cause mental health symptoms at work

Research by Businesses in the community (BITC) has shown that work-related mental health problems are large caused by increased pressure, workload and lack of support.  

Therefore training managers and line managers could make a substantial company-wide difference in staff mental health

Leaveism

”Leaveism is a term that describes the growing tendency of individuals to be unable to ‘switch off’ from work. It is becoming increasingly common as working remotely and flexible working have been become easier thanks to technology, and can lead  to overworking, a reduction in workforce moral, and burnout”

 

51%

of employees work outside contracted hours to get work done

36%

of employees use allocated time off (holidays) when unwell

27%

of employees use allocated time off (holidays) to work

Mental health and employers:  Refreshing the case for investment – Deloitte – January 2020

Presenteeism

The term “presenteeism” is used to describe the issue of employees coming into work while not physically or mentally well, instead of staying home to recover. This can impact on performance and productivity if people don’t take time off when needed.

There are many motives for Presenteeism including money, management expectation, nobody to cover work and concern over career prospects. Feeling the need to turn up to work when unwell can potentially make conditions worsen.

*CIPD Employee Outlook survey

How presenteeism can affects performance

Improve sickness absenteeism

The biggest cause of absenteeism from work is stress and other mental health issues. Improving your staffs wellbeing can reduce this. 

1 in 5 People have been absent from work because of stress

90% feel unable to tell their employer that mental health was the reason for absence

15.8 millions days of sickness absence caused by mental health issues each year

Nearly two thirds of employees say they’d feel more motivated if their employer took action to support mental health and wellbeing.

Maintain Staff

Retaining the good employees is important, not only for the contingently of the business but the cost to replace them.

The average cost of recruiting new staff can range from between £6,000  and £2,000.  This figure  does not include the the investment in training that is lost when employees leave (CIPD 2017).

Last year almost 1 in 4 people have left their job due to mental health issues. And 31% said they would consider leaving in the next 12 months if stress leaves at work did not improve. 

Mental Health Training works!

There are numerous case studies of how implementing mental health training in the work place has helped organisation thrive. One of the latest reports is here:

MENTOR: MENtal health first aid in The wORkplace 2018
Researchers surveyed 139 participants from 81 organisations across England. The organisations were spread across 20 different industries in the private, public and third sectors.

Participants were asked what had changed in their workplaces as a result of MHFA England training. Responses included:
– 91% said there had been an increased understanding of mental health issues in their workplace
– 88% increased confidence around mental health issues
– 87% said more mental health conversations were happening at work
– 83% had noticed an improvement in procedures for signposting to further support

Popular Mental Health courses:

Online Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health Aware Online

MHFA Refresher Online

Supporting Mental Health at Work

Training for your organisation

We can deliver all our mental health courses and bespoke training to your team in a venue of your choice, or online as a group. We can arrange a package of training places on our public courses. Book booking is an effective and economical way to quickly upskill your workforce.