Supporting mental health in the workplace
- 22nd May 2020
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As an employer, you have a duty of care to your employees, including supporting mental health in the workplace.
Addressing the topic of mental health can be a balancing act for employers. Protecting workers while maintaining a viable business can be a challenge, especially in organisations facing pressure and within sectors often associated with a high-performance culture.
Effectively supporting and promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace creates a healthy workforce. This can have a positive impact on issues such as productivity, absenteeism and employee turnover.
Creating a work environment where employees feel safe to be open about their mental health and wellbeing, without fear of repercussion, can positively impact the business as a whole. Addressing mental health as a priority will not only ensure employees feel able to discuss these topics, but it will also help them to develop the skills they need to understand and improve their own mental health going forward.
It is important that employers continue to communicate with all staff about the importance of maintaining their mental health and establish support mechanisms to help deal with any issues that may arise.
We can assist you with any queries you have relating to HR and employment matters including issues related to mental health. Please contact Karl Thomas, Partner and Head of Employment and Dispute Resolution at Loosemores Solicitors via ThomasK@loosemores.co.uk or call 02920 224433.