Making mental health a priority in the workplace
Professor Guy Daly, MHPP Lead said: “With many people returning to work after a long time away, it’s more important than ever for employers to make sure their staff’s mental health is a key priority, and to put policies in place to support staff to get help should they need it.
“Our research has shown the pandemic and home working has created more triggers for poor mental health, such as being furloughed, isolation from colleagues, and additional home stresses such as balancing childcare with work.
“We also found that many workers were less likely to speak to managers about experiencing mental health problems since lockdown as they were worried about what effect it could have on their job security.
“During Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to stress to employers that checking up on your staff’s mental health and encouraging them to open up as they return to work is not only good for their mental health and morale, but also boosts productivity too.
“We have seen that having a workplace culture that reduces stigma and allows workers to talk about their issues with their line managers or dedicated mental health champions reduces absences and presenteeism – where staff turn up for work despite being ill.
“If we can encourage Midlands employers to take proactive steps to improve mental health in their workplaces, it will go a long way to helping the economy recover.”