Workplace Stress Costing Employers Billions

Britain’s bosses unaware of the true scale of the problem

"Britain's bosses are unaware of the scale of mental ill health in their workplaces or the enormous financial toll they can take" Faculty of Public Health (FPH).

  • Mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression caused or made worse by work are by far the BIGGEST cause of sickness absence.
  • Costing employers an estimated £14.3bn in sickness pay and lost productivity, not to mention a further £12bn in public service spending and carers' time.
  • Public Heath figure reached £100bn (2016)
  • 45% of employers believe that none of their staff has any mental ill health issues at all.
  • 80% of directors admit their company has no policy to deal with stress and mental ill health in the workplace.
  • 37% of employers said they would consider employing someone who had a mental health problem

The competitive long hours culture in Britain's workplaces is taking its toll. 1 in 6 workers rating their job as ‘very' or ‘extremely' stressful.

THE EFFECTS OF HAVING A MENTAL-ILLNESS

Work-related mental ill health not only has a devastating effect on families and personal relationships, but is also inextricably linked with physical wellbeing. And this can often be just the start of a person's problems, with those returning to work after mental health-related sickness absence very often stigmatised and discriminated against.

EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITIES

Employers can do a great deal to protect and improve the mental health of their workforce.

  • Employers can identify and reduce organisational causes of stress in their workplace, by consulting and working in partnership with staff and PROFESSIONALLY REGISTERED external therapists.
  • Employers must also make sure robust policies are in place to protect staff from bullying and discrimination based on issues like race, sex, disability or sexual orientation and ensure that staff feel able to report incidents when they occur.
  • They should also take measures to raise awareness of mental health issues among their workforce as a whole and make sure that managers are properly trained in recognising and addressing them.

'Employers have statutory responsibilities to ensure the wellbeing of their staff and their mental health is a key part of that,' said FPH President, Prof Alan Maryon-Davis.

'By putting some very simple measures in place they can not only ensure a healthier workforce but also save money and boost their productivity. As is so often the case in public health, the people in the best position to make a difference are not necessarily those in the health service, but people in the boardroom, in offices and on the shopfloor who very often may not even realise the enormous contribution they can make.'

'There is so much that can be done in the workplace to reduce stress and to help people cope with the unavoidable pressures of life. This means better health for staff and lower costs for employers and taxpayers - a real win-win for everyone.'

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