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Could offering your employee’s ‘mental health days’ boost company productivity?

do mental health days boost workplace productivity?

In July 2017, a US web developer caused a Twitter debate about workplace attitudes towards mental health. It came as a result of an email to her boss entitled ‘Where’s Madalyn” she told colleagues: “I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. Hopefully, I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to … Read more

What mental health legislation do employers need to know about?

mental health hr legislation

Employers need to ensure their employees are well looked after mentally and physically in the workplace. Over the past 20 years legislation and policy has evolved rapidly and detailed below are some of the key areas employers should be fully aware of. Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) This Act outlines provisions to ensure … Read more

How to avoid mental health discrimination at work

avoiding mental health descrimination

Have you ever, made a decision at work and perhaps forgot to consider how it might disadvantage someone with a mental health condition? How often have you had to follow disciplinary procedures when an employee’s attendance has been questioned rather than first seek to offer support? Sometimes people with mental health issues are treated poorly … Read more

How to protect employees from mental health discrimination at work

protect against mental health discrimination at work

In recent years it could be argued mental health has become slightly less of a taboo topic. Perhaps in part this has been down to many celebrity endorsements showing mental ill health doesn’t discriminate. Additionally, initiatives such as Time to Change, Mental Health First Aid, Every Mind Matters and Mates in Mind have all contributed … Read more

Why line managers are key in managing and supporting mental health at work

line managers key to supporting mental health

Did you know that according to Mental Health at Work, only 10% of employees in the UK with a mental health issue feel confident in talking about their condition, particularly to their line manager? Equally as concerning, fewer than 25% of managers have been offered training to spot early warning signs of mental ill-health and … Read more

How to support mental health at work

supporting mental health at work

The very best organisations recognise the fundamental importance of supporting the health and wellbeing of their employees. But right now, 1 in 6 employees are dealing with a mental health issue, such as anxiety or depression, which is preventing them from performing at their best. There are many inexpensive adjustments you can implement that will … Read more