One in four adults will experience a mental health condition in any given year yet mental health problems, including depression, are still often a taboo subject in the workplace.
With the cost of replacing staff lost due to mental health conditions reported to be £2.4bn per year in the UK alone, it makes sense for employers to help their employees combat the illness and build a culture of acceptance and support.
As a leading provider of business solutions, ELAS is there to help. Our experts offer training and guidance for companies, giving them the expertise to ensure their employees mental and physical wellbeing and maintain a healthy workforce.
John has worked for the same company for over 20 years. He suffers from depression, has been hospitalised several times and signed off work for up to a year at a time. With our guidance, his employer was able to work with John to find a flexible routine that enabled him to return to work. They developed a culture of acceptance within the team and promoted awareness of mental health so John felt comfortable returning to the workplace. His boss stayed in close contact with John during his periods of absence, consulting with him and his doctors to make sure that he was ready to return to work. John says: “Being able to talk to my boss openly and honestly about how I am feeling has made such a difference. I don’t know what I would have done otherwise. He has enabled me to maintain my career, support my family and feel like a valued employee when everything else in my life seemed to be falling apart.”
What steps can companies take to improve the mental health of their employees? How can they work with an employee with a mental health condition to enable them to remain within the workplace?
Contact ELAS Business Support to find out more about our wide range of occupational health services or, for help and advice throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, call 0161 785 2000 today or fill out the contact form.