1 in 4 adults in the UK suffer from a mental health problem.
Let us rephrase this: approximately 25% of your workforce may be suffering from mental health issues – depression, anxiety, fatigue, stress-induced burnouts.
Though businesses are shaking off the recession, the effects are still there. Teams have been downsized. Working hours have been on the decline. And yet, businesses still require the same – if not more – output from their employees.
It’s no surprise that 41% of employees feel under ‘excessive pressure’ at least once a week. In fact, 13% said they felt under excessive pressure every working day. The UK is the second highest in Europe to feel this way (source: CIPD study, April 2014).
So what can you do?
Supporting your staff’s mental health is imperative to your business. The mind is like any muscle in the body; when over exerted, it can become tight and painful. We’ve all had nights where we can’t sleep. Though our body is sore and our mind exhausted, we lay awake stressing – only to have even less energy when we arrive in the office the next day.
Responsibility for this must be shared by employers. A few simple steps can be taken today to ensure your staff are less stressed. For instance:
- Watch out for employees skipping breaks because they are too pressured.
- Create a relaxing ‘chill-out’ area in your workspace.
- Remain flexible and understanding towards healthcare.
- Success come from teamwork, but give individual credit where credit is due.
One of the best ways to reduce stress, anxiety and aches is with a focused massage. Working away knots and easing the mind, regular massage counteracts the notorious ‘desk back’ many suffer from. Consider it a battery recharge for the mind and body. And for businesses, it’s a great way to reduce sickness levels!
With Club PURE for business, our discounts on treatments will give your staff that extra help in looking after their mental health. Or if you’re rewarding them directly, our corporate-rate vouchers make it easier than ever to ensure your staff are taken care of (plus, you won’t have to pay for them until after they’re redeemed!).
A happy and healthy workforce means a happy and healthy business. And lastly, remember that your staff are people, not problems. Even with ‘mental health problems’.
For corporate well-being solutions contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to help!