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Mental Health at Work

Employment Law & HR
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Note: this article was first written by our colleagues at Solve HR, before Solve HR joined Law At Work in March 2020. We have imported this...

Employees still don't feel mental health issues get enough support at work. Employers should take more preventative steps to promote good employee mental well-being, encouraging a culture of openness and provide training to managers to help support and signpost employees. Investing in preventative measures, as well as building an open and supportive culture within the Company around mental health, could help to enhance people's mental well-being. The top 5 ways that employers can help provide support to their employees at work, include: - 1. Phased Return to Work Programmes 2. Access to Flexible Working 3. Access to Occupational Health Services 4. Access to Counselling Services 5. Access to an Employee Assistance Programme There are several types of support that are not rarely provided, such as: - 1. Resilience or mindfulness training for employees; 2. Training for line managers in managing and supporting people with mental health problems; 3. Having mental health champions to raise awareness of the importance of mental health at work and the support available. Employers should consider implementing these more preventative types of steps to promote good mental health, as well as reactive approaches that come into play when people are already experiencing poor mental health.

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