Over forty representatives from local organisations across Salisbury and Southampton attended our "Managing Wellbeing and Mental Health at Work" seminars this week.
The seminars were created in response local employers looking for a trusted source of advice to improve how they look after the wellbeing of their staff and reduce the cost of absence to their business. The average cost of absence has reached £1,035 per employee per year according to the Centre of Economic and Business Research. The Health & Safety Executive has also identified mental ill-health as the leading cause of work-related sickness absence in the UK.
Mental Health at Work in numbers
The average cost of absence has reached £1,035 per employee per year according to the Centre of Economic and Business Research. The Health & Safety Executive has also identified mental ill-health as the leading cause of work-related sickness absence in the UK.
The seminars attracted a variety of organisations from across the local areas including, Swan Advocacy Network, Tintometer Ltd and Magna Housing in Salisbury, and Go! Southampton, Comms UK and Ahmad Tea in Southampton.
Presentations gave insight to managing mental health conditions at work from a number of different angles:
Understanding exactly what an employer’s obligation is to wellbeing at work
The positive impact of managing mental health at work effectively for both staff and the business
What tools exist to help employers manage absence more easily
How to use technology to increase efficiency without creating stress
The importance of protecting your own mental health & wellbeing
HJS Human Resources managing director Dan Jenkins said:
“The awareness of mental health and wellbeing at work and its impact on productivity and company culture is growing at a rapid rate. This isn’t something employers can ignore – absence because of mental health has increased by 72% since 2011. As the topic itself is sensitive in nature we are seeing employers feeling paralysed and uncertain on what they should be doing and what they actually can do to help their staff. Our seminar today helped to clarify key points in those areas.”
Guests commented that the framework for positive mental health management at work was extremely valuable, as well as insight into the practical steps organisations can take to improve the processes they use.
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