15 December 2017
Mental health in the workplace - tackling difficult conversations
According to MIND, one in four people in the UK will suffer a mental health issue within their lifetime, with the World Health Organisation going so far as to predict that depression will be the second leading cause of disability by 2020.
The ability to function and cope with daily pressures for those suffering from a mental health issue naturally becomes severely affected, and no more so than in the workplace. Recent UK studies back this up, with the Mental Health Foundation finding that stress, anxiety and depression accounts for 60 million lost working days each year.
It is therefore in an employer's best interest to help an employee who might be struggling with mental health issues head on. Yet Time to Change found that almost half of employers do not feel comfortable speaking to employees about mental health problems.
Naturally, mental health is a very personal, emotive area. However, there are ways in which to discuss sensitive subjects without causing greater distress.
Our latest guide, Mental Health in the Workplace - how to approach sensitive conversations, looks at:
- The importance of distinguishing between mental health issues and mental illness
- The causes of stress
- How to tackle difficult conversations
The full guide is available to download below.
How HR Now can help
- Review and draft policies, procedures and guides on how to deal with stress and mental health in the workplace and raise awareness among staff
- Equip managers with the right tools and techniques to deal with people effectively
- Provide coaching or professional support for individuals dealing with stress
- Put employers in touch with medical professionals if they are dealing with sensitive issues
- Help create flexible working policies that align with and enhance your business model
To discuss how we can help, please contact us on 747559 or email Becky@hrnow.je