Mental health at work
One in four people in the UK will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of the year.
As well as affecting people’s personal lives, well-being and morale, mental health issues also impact on performance at work and can be costly burden for businesses which many employers fail to address.
Whether you are a manager overseeing a team, or a colleague concerned for your co-workers, it can be hard to spot signs of ill mental health at work. However it is important to be supportive and take appropriate action such as having a conversation.
It is important for manager to look out for early indicators before they develop into something more serious, such as stress or anxiety so that they can assist. The employee should also be aware of how this can affect staff morale and ensure all employees are treated the same.
Workers that are healthy both physically and psychologically are productive employees, so if there is something you can do to help as an employer, then taking early action will help to increase performance and wellbeing, as well as mitigate the risk of a costly discrimination claim.
Commenting for Sound Advice, Danny Clarke, says:
“For many, the working environment is an extremely important part of maintaining mental wellbeing, as the routine of work and the care of colleagues can provide an essential support mechanism for those who may be suffering from mental illness. This makes it all the more important that employers and managers have the systems in place to act on any occupational health issue which may arise”.