Three Ways Your Business Can Promote Wellbeing in the Workplace
60% of employees say they'd feel more motivated and more likely to recommend their organisation as a good place to work if their employer took action to support mental wellbeing. In this blog, we'll look at how you could do just that in your business.
Mental health is one of the greatest causes of sickness absence in the UK. Since 2009 the number of employees absent due to mental health reasons has risen by around 5%. In fact, 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions. If you have a small team this can be particularly difficult as it can increase the workload for other employees and have a negative impact on morale.
So, How Could You Promote Wellbeing in Your Workplace?
A great place to start is by promoting national days/ weeks that are happening throughout the year. Organisations such as Mind and Time to Change run events over the year and they provide businesses with ideas of how they can raise awareness, as well as provided toolkits to help.
Here are three events that we will be looking at promoting ourselves to raise awareness:
National Stress Awareness Month: April 2020
This event has been running each year since 1992 to raise awareness of stress and its the impact on individuals in both personal and workplace capacities.
The Stress Management Society recommends the following to help relieve stress:
- Prioritise Your Health
- Get a Good Nights Sleep
- Practice Deep Breathing
- Stay Hydrated
- Eat for Wellbeing
- Get Moving to Combat Stress
- Adopt a Positive Mind-Set
- Master Your Time
- Don’t be a Slave to Tech
- Learn to Say No
- Other News and Events
Click here to read more about how you can promote the event in your workplace, as well as information about the support that they can offer in delivering the message.
Mental Health Week: 18th-24th May 2020
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week this year will focus on the connections between our sleep - or lack of it - and mental health.
The Mental Health Foundation has set the theme, organised and hosted the week for the last 20 years, during which the event has grown to engage millions of people across the UK and globally.
The week is traditionally also an opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on taking action and providing advice.
Sleep was chosen as the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 because millions of people report problems with sleeping.
You can read more about Mental Health Week and how you can get involved right here.
World Mental Health Day: 10th October
Mind has said about Worl Mental Health Day: 'Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.'
They have lots of tips available on practical steps you can take to improve and maintain your wellbeing including making time for yourself, building positive relationships and getting active.
They offer advice on both personal and business perspectives - if you'd like to read up on how to start mental health conversations in your workplace you can read Mind's top tips here.
Information and advice in this blog has been obtained from Mind. Whilst they do not provide legal advice they can provide practical guidance - employers may also need to obtain their own legal advice on the approach to take in any particular case.