Almost half of work-related illness is due to stress, depression or anxiety according to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
There are three main reasons employers should be looking to prevent stress and support good mental health in business; it’s the law, it’s good for business and it’s the right thing to do.
Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, the law requires all employers to prevent work related stress to support good mental health in the workplace.
A report by Deloitte estimates that the total annual cost of poor mental health to employers has increased by 25% since 2019, costing UK employers up to £56 billion a year. The report revealed that employers see a return of £5 on average for every £1 invested in mental health.
HSE’s Working Minds campaign brings together a range of tools and support to help businesses and workers understand the best ways to prevent work related stress and encourage good mental health.
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is a Working Minds partner and provides a huge variety of resources for anyone in the construction community.
Sarah Bolton, Director of Charitable Services for the charity said, “We’re proud to be Working Minds campaign partners, launched one year ago today. A year on and we find ourselves in a very difference place. There are lots of additional sources of stress and these will all have a negative impact upon us. One of our biggest challenges is the cost-of-living crisis. By working together we can increase the resources and support that people can access. If you are struggling, please reach out for support – we’re always here to help.”
You can get started today with Working Minds five simple steps:
1. Reach out and have conversations
2. Recognise the signs and causes of stress
3. Respond to any risks identified by agreeing action points between employer and worker
4. Reflect on the actions taken – have things improved?
5. Make it Routine to check back in on how things are going.
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