Managing mental health in the workplace

16 February 2018

How do you manage the impact of mental ill health on a business? Our podcast focuses on some of the practical aspects of identifying mental health issues and building a psychologically safe work place with a view to minimising legal claims relating to mental health.

Update

‘Presenteeism’, or people coming into work when they are ill, has more than tripled since 2010, according to the latest CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Well-being at Work survey published on 2 May.

The Report states that '86% of over 1,000 respondents to the 2018 survey said they had observed presenteeism in their organisation over the last 12 months, compared with 72% in 2016 and just 26% in 2010. 

In addition, 'leaveism', people using annual leave to work, is also a growing problem. More than two-thirds of respondents (69%) reported that leaveism has occurred in their organisation over the last year.

As pointed out by the report, increased presenteeism is associated with increases in reported common mental health conditions as well as stress-related absence, which are among the top causes of long-term sickness absence. However, only one in ten of those who are taking action said presenteeism and leaveism are viewed as a priority by the board, and less than six in ten (58%) say their organisation is currently meeting the basic legal requirements for reducing stress in the workplace.

As presenteeism reaches record highs, how to spot, support and manage mental health in the workplace is as important as ever. In addition to employee wellbeing, there is also the hidden cost of presenteeism on productivity to consider.

For more on how to manage the impact of mental ill health on a business see our podcast, which focuses on some of the practical aspects of identifying mental health issues and building a psychologically safe work place with a view to minimising business costs and legal claims relating to mental health.




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