In line with recent findings by the mental health charity, Mind, one of the UK’s leading occupational health providers, Medigold Health, is advising HR departments to train their Line Managers to spot the early warning signs of work pressure as part of their sickness and absence management strategies.
Mental health in the workplace policies are crucial
The mental health charity Mind, in its mental health at work campaign ‘Taking care of business’, found that organisations are under increasing pressure to stretch resources and boost productivity and that these strains are being passed onto employees:
- Two thirds of employees feel under more pressure than ever before
- 4 out of 10 employees say they are currently stressed or very stressed by their jobs
- 1 in 6 workers are experiencing anxiety or depression
Unfortunately, the research also shows that many employers are not aware of the scale of the issue and 7 out of 10 have no mental health policy. Most experts agree that to tackle these mental health issues effectively, early intervention is essential. Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind states:
“Line managers are well placed to spot the early warning signs that someone may not be coping well, but line managers also need training in this and need to feel that they are properly supported by their HR department. In a wider context, organisations also need to create more supportive environments.”
Contact Medigold – experts in workplace health
Are you doing everything you can to assure the mental wellbeing of your staff? Occupational health experts, Medigold Health, can help. We provide businesses with a range of sickness absence management and other risk-management strategies to help protect and retain members of staff. Contact Medigold today to find out more.