The benefits of promoting good mental health at work should go without saying: staff who have good mental health are likely to be more productive, motivated and have higher attendance levels. A recent CIPD study found a direct link between poor mental health and a lack of productivity, with 80% of sufferers saying they had difficulty concentrating and 62% of sufferers saying they took longer to complete tasks. However, the issue of mental health continues to be an afterthought for many employers – which leaves them struggling to react to problem situations that arise.
As for the costs of getting it wrong, this should be obvious from an employee’s perspective: being badly managed at work can lead to devastating consequences for an employee’s mental health, financial situation and personal life.
However, a failure to act can be costly for employers as well. The same CIPD study found that 21% of sufferers had resorted to calling in sick to avoid work because of issues relating to stress, and that 14% had resigned. This means that organisations are losing members of staff who are held back from potential success by mental health problems.
If an employee has an illness which amounts to a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial, adverse and long term effect on ability to carry out day-to-day activities) then the employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments for them and to protect them from discrimination.
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Book your place at this Mental Health at Work Conference on 10 July in Aberystwyth. The one-day conference is for both individuals as well as businesses and organisations looking to tackle, manage, or improve mental health in the workplace.
All profits from the conference will be donated to local mental health charities Mind Aberystwyth and The DPJ Foundation.
The conference will feature expert speakers from across Wales and the rest of the UK, who will be covering various aspects of mental health including mindful employment, mental health strategy, financial well-being and mental health first aid. There will be opportunities to attend taster sophrology sessions as well as employment law and HR advice clinics.
Find out more: mental-health-at-work-conference.eventbrite.co.uk
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