The economic cost of mental ill health is estimated at £74 billion per year with an estimated 70,000 people in the West Midlands region alone not able to work due to mental health. This equates to on average 6.9 days per employee are lost through sickness.
Its fair to say that the awareness of mental health issues is increasing however 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week
Employee wellbeing isn't just about a yoga session or a massage (though that certainly will help!) it is far reaching and has an impact upon your retention., attraction of key skills, motivation, production levels and make good business sense!
Aon’s recent investigation showed 96% of employers see a direct correlation between wellbeing and performance so well-being is an important discussion we should be having.
Employee wellbeing doesn't have to be a huge expensive programme, with months invested discussing & implementing and endless meetings to implement (don't we have far to many meeting at work already?!)
A series of small activities can easily be offered that improves productivity and has an added side of increased employee engagement!🙂 Why not organise:
⏰Bite sized sessions on time management
🎯Encourage the use of a coach to help refocus goals and performance
😌Arrange sessions to help employees recognise personal stress & provide training in relaxation techniques
💆Give access to therapy professionals during the working day (eg.seated massage)
🗣Encourage teams to share best practice & promote the use of action learning
📝 Regularly conduct job analysis so roles are a true reflection of tasks and responsibilities and are adjusted based upon feedback.
☕ Champion 121s to ensure that employees and line managers are talking to one another.
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