Non work related mental health issues are the most common cause of long-term sickness absence according to research from the CIPD.
Employees with mental health issues often feel unable or unwilling to disclose their problems to their employer or line manager, for fear of the repercussions. Thus they don’t receive support and productivity and performance suffers.
An Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing
Take a strategic approach to mental health and incorporate it within your overall wellbeing charter, strategy, policies, training and resilience building activities.
Encourage people to talk about issues relating to mental health and provide managers with awareness training, as well as specific training on policies and procedures.
Ensure that line managers have the capability to refer staff to services that may be of help to them.
Stop the stigma
When people are not afraid to raise concerns about mental health issues; be it in relation to themselves, their colleagues, managers or their staff, then you are likely to be well on the way to creating a positive, dynamic and productive workplace culture.