This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and here at Sea Sanctuary we know it’s incredibly important for employers and workplaces to be supportive of good mental health. We run Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP’s) so that employees can be happier in the workplace, be more emotionally resilient, and feel better supported by their employers while giving them the feeling that they really matter.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is stress, and we know that workplaces can be full of stressors that lead some people to feel close to the edge, or in need of help. For instance, did you know that one in five people wait over a year to gain any therapy provided by the NHS? This wait time can be catastrophic for those that really need help immediately, and what’s worse, is that the research undertaken by MIND showed that a staggering 68% weren’t offered any therapy at all.
There’s also been some compelling evidence that employers offering intervention with the aim of improving the wellbeing of employees can lead to fruitful results. For instance, Lancaster University’s Professor Cary Cooper research showed that businesses that focused on boosting their workers wellbeing saw a reduction in annual costs by 30%, a massive decline in employee absence with 45% less sick days being taken, and a healthy 18% reduction in staff turnover. Although you may have to pay on the outset, the returns can be invaluable.
If you’ve ever felt stressed, you’ll know how overwhelming it can be, how isolated you can feel, and how desperate and despondent you can become. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that stress is the most common cause of long-term absence in the workplace, and the second-most common reason for short-term absences, after minor illnesses. In fact, in 2016/2017, research has shown that a whopping 40% of poor health in the workplace was down to stress, depression, or anxiety, and 49% of all sick days taken could be attributed to one of the above three reasons.
If your business is looking at ways to improve employee wellbeing with tried and tested techniques and award-winning therapy programmes, click here to find out more.