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Mental health support is one of the most practical ways for employers to demonstrate that they genuinely care about their employees.  As we progress through the pandemic, this is more important than ever, with one in four employees planning to leave their current jobs due to burnout or feeling unsupported by employers.

With 41% of people experiencing mental health symptoms, businesses have a duty of care to promote the importance of better mental health.  Happy, engaged employees are also productive ones, so business performance will be improved as well as morale and motivation being lifted. 

Investing in mental health 
Mental health problems go beyond the financial, yet calculating the costs-versus-benefits of intervention can be persuasive when making the case for investment.

70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems The Mental Health Foundation.

• Poor mental health is costing UK employers £45 billion a year.
• £29 billion of this is from presenteeism – employees coming to work and underperforming because they are in poor mental health.
• A Deloitte study found that for every £1 spent on intervention an estimated return of £5 could be expected.
Mental health-related staff turnover costs firms £8.6bn in the time taken to find and train a new employee to work to a level of full productivity.

The four ways to promote better mental health in your workplace

Early intervention
Being able to identify, support and address mental health problems early can reduce the likelihood of more serious problems developing in the long term.

Appoint Mental Health champions or first aiders. Whilst 58% of line managers understand that providing emotional support is part of their role, only 13% of them have had any mental health training.

Staff training is a great first step - having “someone to open up to” and signpost colleagues to other support tools available.


Establish new working patterns during the Covid-19 pandemic
Whether working remotely or on-site, employers should promote a good balance of structure and flexibility for employees within their working hours.

Employees have enjoyed greater flexibility during the pandemic which has enabled them to do things such as attending exercise classes or taking their children to school. While retaining core hours may be necessary for certain roles, we advise employers to promote flexibility where possible.


Open and honest conversations
Open and honest communication in the workplace is key to achieving a healthy mental health environment.

Promote Mental Health milestones throughout the year to help break stigmas and amplify the message that “it’s ok not to be ok” encouraging individuals to seek support if they require it.


Encourage exercise and get out into nature!
The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week in 2021 was ‘nature’, and the incredible impact it can have on improving mental health and wellbeing.

Encourage colleagues to exercise, ideally outside, because walking or running outdoors may help to prevent or reduce feelings of anger, tiredness, and sadness. The Mental Health Foundation has released a range of ideas and tips, including trying new routes that bring you closer to green spaces or water. 

A simple way to boost employee health is by providing support tools such as 24/7 employee assistance plans, health cash plans, health cash plans and occupational health services.

To find out how we can help your business develop a health and wellbeing strategy, please contact Verlingue’s Senior Employee Benefits Consultant, Lesley Attwell:


Mobile: 07394 570045

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