Recent Health and Safety legislation has put a responsibility on employers requiring them to consider their employees' mental and emotional well-being. Having worked in the business sector for over 20 years, I understand that this requirement to support staff and comply with health and safety legislation needs to be managed without compromising your business.
Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are believed to trigger 70% of doctor visits and 85% of serious illnesses. In fact, an estimated 185.6 million working days were lost in 2022 due to sickness or injury*.
I recognise that stress, including work-related stress, can be a significant cause of illness and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness, absence, staff turnover and other issues such low staff morale and increased interpersonal conflict.
Often large businesses and organisations offer an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to their staff giving them continuous mental health support. However, if you are a small or medium-sized business, these services can be financially excessive so I offer mental health consultancy and support to work with you to get the best from your budget. I can work with you to assess, develop and implement tailored interventions to help support and add value to your organisation through:
Development of wellbeing strategies
Improving relationships, resolving conflict and increasing group function
Workplace stress management
I also offer face-to-face counselling that can help reduce the chance of your employees suffering a mental health-related illness, which will reduce days lost through sickness, absence or presenteeism.
When your staff enjoy their work, they are more likely to stay with you and in encouraging positive wellbeing you are showing your employees that their mental health is a key priority. This is the kind of employer that builds enduring attachments with its workforce.
I work with people at all levels of the organisation.
* Office for National Statistics (ONS), released 26 April 2023, ONS website, article, Sickness absence in the UK labour market: 2022