Better employee mental health and wellbeing – step by step guide

What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing encompasses many aspects of the way individuals feel about their everyday lives, from their health to their relationships with others to their jobs. Mental wellbeing refers specifically to the mental state of an individual, how they feel and how well they are able to cope with everyday life.

Why does mental health and wellbeing in the workplace matter?
Prevention and intervention are key ways employers can help reduce sickness absence in the workplace, and employers can easily do this by putting the health of their employees first.

  1. Adults spend around one-third of their life at work, so their work environment plays a vital role in health and wellbeing
  2. A good benefit package which includes a mental health provision helps attract and retain talent
  3. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce
  4. Valuing employees’ health and wellbeing gives a positive impression of the organisation
  5. Preventing illness and helping manage health problems in a positive way reduces costs and strain on all parts of the business

Preventable illnesses and poorly managed health conditions are costly for employers and employees. From hiring temporary staff to cover absenteeism to statutory sick pay, to paying overtime to cover the absence, the costs soon mount up.

Tackling mental wellbeing in the workplace can be a daunting task. Continue reading the full step-by-step guide to help you implement a strategy.