The effects of poor mental health
Illness and absence resulting from poor mental health is a growing issue. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that in the year leading up to 2018, a total of 595,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. This resulted in 15.4 million lost working days.
In 2017/18 stress, depression or anxiety also accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 57% of all working days lost due to ill health.
Stress is defined as a harmful reaction that people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work. This can be compounded if individuals are also dealing with personal challenges, such as relationship problems, bereavement or financial difficulties. The challenge of balancing work and home can add additional pressure.
Poor mental health is therefore a significant factor impacting levels of absenteeism in
many organisations. Without appropriate support and adjustments in the workplace, there is a significant risk to productivity and performance. High levels of absence can also negatively impact morale and motivation.
Adopting a proactive approach
As an employer, how can you pro-actively address these challenges? What steps can you take to reduce the likelihood of sickness absence, enhance workplace morale and encourage the wellbeing and resilience of your teams?
Building Resilience through Mindfulness
There is a significant amount of evidence to support the positive benefits to
both health and wellbeing of regular mindfulness practice. Research also
suggests that an eight-week Mindfulness programme can make a significant difference!
The findings of a previous study regarding the effects of an eight-week mindfulness programme on a group of workers have been described as “profound”. The workers became happier, less anxious, more energised and increasingly engaged with their work. These workers were tested following the programme and their immune systems had also become “significantly stronger”.
Benefits demonstrated in clinical trials also include improved mood, greater autonomy, increased resilience and improved mental health.
The 8 Week Programme
The programme consists of eight weekly sessions. Each session lasts 1 – 1.5 hours.
Groups have the opportunity to share challenges and experiences. Individual and group progress can be tracked as the programme progresses and, on completion of the programme, each participant has a toolkit to support them in dealing with challenges,
minimising anxiety/stress and maintaining their personal resilience for life!
The positive effects can therefore be transformational and be effective over the longer term.
Wellbeing & Emotional Intelligence
One off training events and ongoing packages can also be tailored to cover other topics such as ‘Wellbeing’, ‘Resilience’ and ‘Emotional Intelligence’.
If you wish to discuss your specific needs in more detail, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Tel: 07538 275113