The Big Problem
Businesses are struggling to
manage workplace mental wellbeing
With a 16% rise in mental health costs for UK employers, more employees than ever are reaching burnout. Through a lack of mental wellbeing support, increased workload and an all too often reactive vs proactive approach, employees have been left without the right tools and support to manage their own wellbeing.
What most businesses are doing right now
Do any of these sound familiar? Whether it’s relying on a department to deal with challenging wellbeing issues or waiting for a crisis situation to emerge, we’re 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 don’t work
By going with these approaches, businesses unknowingly contribute 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.
But, we believe a preventative approach is required to make a difference. We don’t wait until someone is in crisis and it’s visible for both the business and HR to see an employee is struggling.
Instead, our focus is to prevent people from reaching a crisis point with the right support available to them.
When you spend time and money on mental health initiatives without addressing the elephant in the room (mental health stigma), it’s hard to truly make an impact.
That’s why the promote pillar aims to create a healthy working environment by removing as many workplace stressors as possible. It increases awareness of the causes of stress, looks at removing mental health stigma and helps create 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.
Track and measure employee wellbeing through our app
Watch our video to learn all about how our app can help you improve workplace mental wellbeing. Identify areas where your people need help and serve them personalised support 24/7.
Plus our free app trial gives you time to engage both the business and your people without budget worries.
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