Acas has developed a new mental health framework for employers and employees to encourage more mental health conversations in the workplace.
The Government's Department of Health and Social Care advises that one in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives. Mental ill health costs employers in the UK £30 billion every year through lost production, recruitment and absence. Promoting positive mental health in your workplace can therefore be hugely beneficial.
The NHS needs staff that are well and at work to deliver effective, quality care for patients. Staff with good mental health are more likely to perform well, have good attendance levels and be engaged in their work. Taking steps to better support the mental health of staff can help to reduce the severity, duration and volume of mental ill health in the workplace.
The new framework Promoting positive mental health in the workplace looks at how employers, line managers and staff can all help to create positive environments to work in by:
- ensuring employers lead and embed a wellbeing strategy, support and train managers, reduce stigma and understand the impact personal issues can have on mental health
- ensuring managers are able to support work-life balance, build a rapport with staff, handle difficult conversations and have the confidence and knowledge to manage mental health in the workplace
- ensuring staff engage with line managers, support colleagues, identify personal stress triggers, look after their own wellbeing and use positive coping strategies to do so.