The big problem
The reactive approach to mental health
& wellbeing isn't working.
Poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45 billion each year and is continuing to rise. Due to poor wellbeing support, increased stress and a focus on reactive-based interventions, employees have been left to deal with wellbeing on their own. We believe it's time for change.
The hard and current way of dealing with wellbeing
Do any of these sound familiar? Whether it’s relying on HR to deal with challenging wellbeing issues or waiting for a crisis situation to emerge, businesses are just papering over the cracks.
The total cost of mental health is estimated at £1,300 per employee, without including misspent budget on ineffective programmes.
Spending is up, but mental
illness isn’t going down...
Annual mental health expenditure versus % of the
population with very high levels of poor mental health
Why these solutions aren't working
By continuing this way, businesses are unknowingly contributing to the problem. There are three reasons why:
The 3 pillars to improve
workplace mental wellbeing
Our approach is backed by clinical psychology and lived experience of transforming wellbeing across businesses of all sizes. We believe a successful wellbeing strategy is broken down into 3 key pillars, informed by the unique needs of you and your employees to have a meaningful impact on employee wellbeing.
Creating a healthy working environment by identifying and removing workplace stressors.
Improve the way employees respond to stress with the right resources and education.
Minimise severe consequences by
cope more effectively.
For years, businesses have focused too much on the final pillar – Protect. These are reactive solutions to help people when they’re in the midst of crisis.
We believe a preventative approach is required to truly change outcomes. Instead, our focus must be to prevent people from reaching crisis point by providing continual proactive support across the year.
One common mistake is spending time and money on mental health initiatives without addressing mental health stigma.
The promote pillar helps tackle this by creating a healthy working environment and removing as many workplace stressors as possible. It focuses on increasing awareness of the causes of stress and creating a supportive environment for employees to excel.
We recognise that not all stressors are in the employers’ control and some individuals may be at higher risk of stress or mental ill health than others.
Therefore, the provide pillar aims to improve individual employee reactions to stress by educating them on effective ways to manage and respond to stressors. Interventions may include stress management training or implementing a coaching and/or mentoring scheme.
The aim of the protect pillar is to minimise the damaging consequences of any stressors by helping individuals to cope more effectively. This stage is reactive, and understands that some individuals may seek specialist assistance with their mental health needs (such as an EAP or workplace counselling).
Hopefully, by implementing interventions for pillars 1 and 2, employees are less likely to reach pillar 3. However, the best wellbeing strategies are those that cover all three pillars, protecting employees at every stage.
Be the business that cares
It's time to proactively support your employees
We believe it's time for change. Get in touch to learn how our proactive approach to workplace wellbeing can help keep employees happy, healthy and productive!