Practical steps employers can take to tackle the stigma of stress in the workplace

stress at work

Let me start by telling you some statistics…

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There is mounting evidence to support the fact that companies perform better if their staff are healthy and motivated so it will be no surprise to hear that an employee with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress is unlikely to be performing at their best. Smart employers seek to support their employees with mental health issues and to manage their condition. These employers recognise in return, they will increase engagement, nurture loyalty and strengthen commitment.

So what practical steps can employers take to support staff with mental health issues?

Mind, a mental health charity offers a vast amount of information for employers on how to work with employees suffering from mental health issues. In one of their guides, they refer to:

It doesn’t have to end there – as you may know, in 2007 the English government launched its most ambitious campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. Since this began, there has been an overall 8.3% improvement in public attitudes and over 300 employers have signed up to the pledge which  is an aspirational statement that an organisation wants to take action to tackle the stigma and discrimination around mental health.

It is clear with these numbers that there is still more to be done. If you haven’t already, signing up to the pledge could be what you need to demonstrate to your workforce your commitment to the issue and to making changes (click here for details).

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