According to the Health and Safety Executive, some 15.4 million working days were lost in the UK primarily due to stress, anxiety and depression in 2017
/18. This is obviously not good for business productivity or morale in the work place. That aside, all employers have a common-law duty of care to employees. Compliance with The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) means every employer must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the health, safety and welfare of employees are protected. They must also conduct a risk assessment to identify the measures necessary for them to comply with the Act and other employment legislation.
Legal compliance under employment law includes:
• plant and systems of work;
• use, handling, storage and transportation of articles and substances;
• provision of information, instruction, training and supervision necessary for the health and safety of employees;
• maintenance of the place of work, including access and exit, in a safe condition;
• mental health (including workplace stress)
• provision and maintenance of a safe working environment with adequate facilities.
Mental health can often be overlooked in terms of employer responsibility, whilst significant attention is paid to nutritional advice, discounted gym memberships and support to stop smoking. Failure to offer mental health support and education within the workplace is often due to lack of knowledge and real understanding of the significance and impact of mental health both to the business itself as well as the individual person.
The Wellbeing People are expert providers of mental health support services ranging from development of established or bespoke corporate wellbeing strategies and risk assessment right through to one to one support for individual team members experiencing mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. Our corporate mental health workshops balance both practical techniques as well as theory and are designed to provide your teams with a useful ‘toolbox’ of strategies including their own relaxation recording, to use within their daily lives to effectively manage their own emotional wellbeing.