The cost to employers of poor mental health was £56 billion in 2020-21. Yes, it was the year when the pandemic took its toll on everyone’s mental health in the workplace. But even in 2019, before we’d heard of the dreaded virus, the cost to employers was £45 billion. Businesses need to understand the importance of mental health in the workplace for a myriad of reasons – not only is it simply the right thing to do, but it also leads to more productive and engaged employees. The bottom line is that supporting mental health in the workplace is crucial. Here, we look at the importance of mental health at work, focusing on the benefits of change.
Why is mental health in the workplace important?Whether you need to make a business case for mental health in the workplace or simply want to understand more, the primary arguments for supporting mental health in the workplace, beyond the bottom line, are:
1. It’s simply the right thing to doEthically – and to a degree, legally with the Health & Safety at Work Act – employers have a duty of care to their employees. In a climate where your reputation as an employer is a notable factor in your success and growth, it’s important to take corporate responsibility for your employees seriously.
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