It is estimated that £30 billion a year is the cost to employers of mental health problems through lost production, recruitment and absence.
As psychology is the study of human behaviour, and as organisations are staffed and run by humans, all organisations are therefore determined by the individual and group psychological processes that occur on a daily basis, which affects individual employees’ performance and mental health, as well as creating healthy or unhealthy dynamics and systems within the workplace.
It is estimated that £30 billion per year is the cost to employers of mental health problems through lost production, recruitment and absence. A 2016 report from the Office of National Statistics found that between 2013 and 2015 the number of days taken off work with mental health problems has increased 25 per cent year on year and that the leading causes of sickness absence in the UK in 2015 were stress, depression, and anxiety. Further, as it is likely that there is much unreported mental health difficulties within the work place, it is also likely that the number of sickness days taken due to mental health problems is much higher than the ONS study found.
The effects of mental health difficulties in the workplace, which can often be related to the work place itself and systemic difficulties in the workplace, not only leads to employees struggling and performing lower than their actual ability, but also has marked financial consequences for businesses.
In order to reduce these negative consequences, organisations can have in place psychological services to both employees and the organisation, that can equip employees with skills to recognise early warning signs of mental health deterioration, to manage mental health difficulties adaptively, and to provide interventions for employees to prevent mental health deterioration. In addition, training to managers and directors in organisations on recognising signs of mental health deterioration in employees and working with organisations to help recognise and resolve toxic systems that have developed, will also contribute to good mental health in employees.
Our team of psychologists, assistant psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors can provide a range of services to organisations to help prevent mental health difficulties occurring, in addition to addressing mental health deterioration once it has occurred. Whilst not an exhaustive list, such services can include:
We start our working relationship with organisations such as yourselves by having a initial, free of charge, consultation with you to discuss your requirements, after which we provide a written service proposal that outlines what we could provide for your organisation based upon our initial discussions with you.
As such, the service we provide is bespoke to your specific requirements, but we would regularly review this with you and can change what we provide for you alongside any changes in your organisation or additional issues that may arise, to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible psychological input for you, your employees, and your business.
If you would like further information please contact our Bury office by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0161 667 0890 or for our Yorkshire office by email on email@example.com or by phone on 01484 502205