A business strategy for workplace mental health

By Dan Somers, MANUP?
In today’s high-stress work environments, the importance of mental health support transcends mere employee benefits - it is crucial to organisational resilience and success.
Published in UK Director Magazines Summer 2024

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Recent findings show that work-related stress can have drastic consequences, with businesses experiencing significant losses due to mental health issues. For example, one study indicates that in a company with 1,000 employees, one might be lost to suicide every ten years due to work-related stress.

The ripple effect of a single mental health issue can be profound, given the average person will know around 500 people in their lifetime, thereby affecting many more within the workplace and beyond.

Key statistics

  1. Gender and work: Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9888435/
  2. Impact on workforce: Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/statistics/mental-health-work-statistics)
  3. Economic costs: Too many UK workers are ‘running on empty’, with burnout, mental ill health and work-related stress now costing the economy £28bn a year, research has suggested. https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/burnout-stress-and-mental-ill-health-running-rampant-in-uk/

At MANUP?, we understand that many workplace mental health issues can be alleviated if we simplify the conversation around them. Making discussions about mental health straightforward and routine can demystify the subject and make support more accessible.

Practical tips

  1. Comprehensive education: Equip your team with the knowledge to recognise and address mental health challenges. An informed team is an empowered team.
  2. Open communication: Foster an environment where mental health discussions are routine, reducing stigma and encouraging individuals to seek help without fear.
  3. Regular well-being check-ins: Integrate mental health evaluations as a standard practice in your HR protocols, much like any other health and safety checks. 

Why invest in workplace mental health?

Investing in mental health is a strategic business decision that can result in substantial dividends in loyalty, innovation, and efficiency. The broader implications of mental health issues in the workplace can affect hundreds, making proactive support essential.

Our annual event, ROI on Mental Health, which takes place in the month of June in Ipswich, is tailored for business leaders to share and learn about effective mental health strategies. The focus is on demonstrating how these initiatives can yield substantial returns through improved employee engagement, productivity, and overall company morale. For more information, please visit https://www.manup.how/events/roi-2024

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Dan Somers is Founder at MANUP?, a mental health charity that changes people’s thoughts, opinions and minds about men and mental health.

E: manup@manup.how
Or visit www.manup.how

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