With mental health awareness firmly established on the national agenda and mental health problems in the UK workforce costing employers almost £35 billion last year*, companies need to ensure that they have got their heads around mental health in the workplace.
A recent Twitter poll conducted by Connor established that over 56% of people don't feel like their company supports its staff from a mental health perspective. Mental ill health does not equate to poor performance, yet statistics demonstrate that employers are losing a lot of talented workers due to a failure to effectively manage mental ill health.
recommends the need for companies to take more proactive steps to invest in addressing and improving mental health for their staff as well as the benefits of doing so. "Employers need to encourage a culture of support. Line managers need to be connected to their staff so that they feel safe and supported. This will enable people to talk openly, share their stories and get the proper help and support they need."
"Considering all the legislative and political changes happening, the role HR professionals have to play has never been more important. Connor is keen to ensure that its clients are adequately prepared to support mental health needs in the workplace, so that both their Companies and its staff will thrive."
*According to research published today by Centre for Mental Health.