Do Employers Have A Responsibility For Their Employees’ Mental Wellbeing?

Do Employers Have A Responsibility For Their Employees’ Mental Wellbeing?

With an estimated 1 in 4 people exeriencing a mental health problem in any given year, it is perhaps unsurprising that our mental wellbeing is gaining increasing focus within the media. However, what is becoming particularly apparent is the role that those around us can play in supporting our mental health. With a recent study commissioned by the charity, Business in the Community, reporting that three in five employees have experienced mental health issues in the last year as a consequence of work, the important role that employers can play in improving mental wellbeing is becoming increasingly clear.

Research conducted by the mental wellbeing charity Mind has consistently reported a positive correlation between how meaningful employees believe that their work is, as well as how valued and supported they feel, and how high they report their levels of wellbeing to be. This extends to how committed employees feel to their organisation’s goals, and most importantly, to their overall performance and productivity levels. The charity also found that 60% of employees believe they would feel more motivated, and be more likely to recommend their organisation as a good place to work, if their employer took action to support mental wellbeing. These findings all demonstrate the link between the mental wellbeing of an organisation’s employees and the levels of productivity, and ultimately profits, that they produce.

With the important role that employees’ good mental health plays in workplace productivity levels being highlighted, the question becomes how can employers manage and promote wellbeing in the workplace? One way to do this is through implementing a campaign to encourage all staff to take lunch breaks, to work healthy hours and to make use of their annual leave. These simple actions allow employees to temporarily switch off from the stresses of work and can have a big positive impact on their wellbeing. It can also be beneficial for leaders to establish a culture of openness. This can make it easier for employers to monitor their employees’ wellbeing and support them in their role.

Implementing and maintaining a good ethical process within an organisation can help employers monitor their employees’ mental wellbeing and ensure that they are ticking all of the right boxes. If all companies practiced this, perhaps we could reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace and move towards a better sense of wellbeing.

To find out more about how to manage ethical processes in your organisation, take a look at our intuitive Ethics management software,  Ethics RM.

If you want to learn more about mental wellbeing, then why not take our Mental Health Awareness Course.

This is the second part of a short series on mental wellbeing.

10th August 2018