New figures have revealed that failure to deal with mental health problems in the workplace is costing the UK more than 70 million working days every year.
The statistics also showed that mental health issues are making up 27% of Income Protection for those who are unable to work due to incapacity. The most common mental health claim is reactive depression and other conditions such as stress, anxiety and bipolar disorder follow closely behind.
Joy Reymond, Head of Vocational Rehabilitation Services at financial protection specialist firm, Unum, commented:
“One of the biggest barriers to managing mental health problems is the reluctance of staff to discuss these issues. Furthermore, while companies of all shapes and sizes increasingly understand the importance of good mental health, many simply don’t feel confident handling and communicating these issues in the workplace.”
As well as having a profound effect on the employees who are suffering, poor mental health can have a significant effect on employers too. Failure to deal with such issues can ultimately lead to increased staff turnover, sickness absence, decreased motivation and lost productivity.
Reymond emphasised that one of the many ways that companies can help to support their staff is to offer a confidential counselling service which can help employees to address the problems they are experiencing. With early intervention, problems can be minimised and dealt with before they become an ever bigger issue.
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