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Why your business should prioritise Mental Wellness

Why your business should prioritise Mental Wellness

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and what better time to consider how your business can boost employee mental wellness! A recent study conducted by Mental Health Charity, Mind, of 44,000 employees found that 7 in 10 have experienced mental health issues in their lifetime, but less than half felt their Manager would recognise if they were having problems. This may be because, previously companies have primarily focused on initiatives that improve the physical health of their workers and subsequently there has been a lack of training needed to support those with mental health. However, increasingly organisations are shifting towards a joint approach, placing as much importance on 'mind' as 'body'. But how can an employer boost their staff's mental well-being and why should your business implement this? 

 

Creating an open culture in your workplace is the first step to bettering your colleague's mental health. Only 51% of employees felt they could speak openly about their mental health struggles. From a business point of view, the Mental Health Foundation reported that untreated mental illnesses are estimated to cost the UK economy approximately £35 billion per year and 12.7% of sick days can be attributed to them too. Building a happy and encouraging environment for workers can start with something as simple as hosting a workshop on dealing with anxiety and stress, or organising team events with the sole purpose of establishing relationships, not increasing productivity. 

 

We know the main factors that contribute towards a healthy mind - exercise, diet and sleep. So investing in good snacks and group exercise activities will not only empower your employees to get healthier, but be happier too. Sleep is a bit more tricky. In the modern world we are glued to a laptop or phone screen constantly and research has found that the blue light emitted from these affects the production of a hormone called melatonin, responsible for regulating sleep. Whilst reducing the time spent in front of these isn't always possible, providing green spaces and allowing frequent breaks, at least reduces the impact. It's also been found that only 20% of the population would consider themselves an early riser. Allowing employees the opportunity for flexible hours gives them the power to start work at a time that suits themselves and reduce sleep loss. 

 

Educating your employees on the signs of mental health is essential to providing support to your staff. Not only can this help them identify symptoms in themselves, but also reach out to a colleague that may be suffering. Valued and cared for staff will ultimately perform better and creating a culture that supports your workers with mental health in your workplace can help build a great reputation of your business that is attractive to prospective employees. For more information on how Juice can help with your recruitment process please contact us on 01924 377 500 or [email protected]

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Jenna Hudson - Placed in a permanent position

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