Tips to Prevent Workplace Mental Health Problems

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We’ve seen an increase in enquiries relating to employees who are being signed off sick with mental health issues since the start of lockdown.

It’s vital that employers do everything they can to prevent mental health problems. Obviously some of them are home-related problems, nothing to do with the workplace and outside your control. However, consider what you can do to minimise stress within your workplace.

Start by carrying out a stress audit to discover the potential risk areas within your business and if there are any staff who may be at more risk than others of stress from work or other mental health issues.

A workplace stress audit covers the entire workforce and should include the following considerations:
  • Employee absence levels
  • Reasons for absence
  • Employee turnover rates
  • Reasons why employees leave
  • Any employees who are known to be vulnerable to stress
  • Any known conflicts between staff
  • Are employees aware of what to do if they feel under pressure?
You could also ask your employees to complete questionnaires about their stress levels and any suggestions they have for improvements.

The Health and Safety Executive have a helpful tool to assist with this.

If you don’t already have one, consider having a stress and mental wellbeing policy so that staff know what support to expect and who to go to if they need support.

Consider providing a 24/7 confidential helpline to employees – please speak to us if this is of interest as we have partnered with a Company providing this at minimum cost to our clients for as little as £1.60 per month per employee.

Return to work interviews are a key tool to assist companies to understand the reasons for any sickness absence offering the opportunity for a one-to-one conversation with the employee about any issues they may be experiencing at work that could impact on their attendance and their mental health and stress levels.

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