Conversations about mental health at work and why we should have them
According to the mental health charity, Mind, 93% of workers who have taken stress-related leave have lied to their boss about the reason behind their absence. This shows that staff do not feel encouraged nor safe in their work environment, and it is time to break the taboo around mental health...
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28th May, 2021 | Remarcable
It is time to break the taboo around mental illness, according to MIND Charity 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind every year and 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem like anxiety and depression in any given week. The average adult spends 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime (that's a third of your life) with mental health statistics showing this high it almost seems so clear that the workplace is exactly where mental health should be talked about and educated upon to help tackle.
According to the mental health charity, Mind, 93% of workers who have taken stress-related leave have lied to their boss about the reason behind their absence. This shows that staff do not feel encouraged nor safe in their work environments to address these areas of their lives which actually adds to the problem. As an employer, there is a duty of care that must be seen towards your employees. With transparency being one of the most common company values it is the employer who should be setting the example for the employees and therefore encouraging all areas of transparency within the workplace.
'The average adult spends 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime..'
If an organisation openly discusses and promotes mental health and wellbeing, it will then create an open and supportive culture that normalises mental health and breaks down that stigma and prejudice. Having this culture in your workplace means that employees feel able to talk about their concerns or issues and seek help, which will greatly reduce the risk of serious mental health problems developing. Long term effects of wellbeing focused company culture results in a team of happier, healthier and more empowered staff that feel fully supported in all areas of their life by their employers.
And as our motto outlines: 'Happy people work better.'