Instead of our usual HR and employment law news round-up, today we’ll be bringing you a collection of news, information and tips relating to World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme of mental health in the workplace.
We’ll start with our own article from today courtesy of consultant psychiatrist Dr. Nicola Baylis, who gives her top five tips on how employees can avoid stress and maintain good mental health at work for themselves and others.
Cost effective ways to reduce stress in the workplace – Insights for Professionals
This article from Insights for Professionals looks at four relatively simple ways in which employers can reduce stress in their workplace in order to maintain productivity levels and retain staff.
Acas have a wealth of information for employers wanting to understand more about and improve mental health at work. They also provide several signposts to professional organisations for anyone wanting to learn more, such as to the NHS, Mind, and Remploy.
Financial services has worst mental health – HR Magazine
HR Magazine’s article explains how research has shown that the financial services sector has the highest percentage of employee absences due to mental ill health. The advice given to tackle it can apply to any industry though. “Businesses need to have confidence about openly discussing mental ill health, along with the signs or symptoms around it. By familiarising their workforce with the topic, employees will be more aware and more able to assess.”
As part of World Mental Health Day, The Guardian speak to small firms who champion mental wellbeing in the workplace to see what they’re doing well.
An interesting series of statistics from The Telegraph, showing how mental health issues have become more common, but also how more people are now speaking up about them.