Over the last few years there has been a growing awareness of the importance of good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Not simply because it’s the “right thing to do”, but because recognising, valuing, improving and protecting mental wellbeing in the workplace makes sound business sense. Happy, healthy workers are generally more productive and motivated. However, promoting a healthy culture and implementing polices to support that isn’t a simple tick box exercise. Mental health is complex and varied, and organisations need a broad road map on good practice.
A new report, Added value: Mental health as a workplace asset produced by the Mental Health Foundation, Oxford Economics and Unum aims to explore this issue and provides not only a wealth of information on the challenges organisations face but also, crucially, the opportunities that being proactive about mental health in the workplace can bring.