With most employers rating employees as their biggest asset, I wonder how high up 'well-being in the workplace' is on most agendas?
We should be thinking ahead to introduce preventative initiatives to support a proactive approach; such as regular catch-ups with managers, agile working, encouraging peer support, and training, but the focus should be on developing a culture of awareness to encourage and support employees to talk openly about mental health.
'HR Review' shares it's views on mental health presenteeism.
Mental health issues have come to the forefront of public consciousness in the past year, but taking time off for a mental illness is still less widely accepted than taking a sick day for a physical illness, according to new research from Canada Life. Mental health presenteeism is a growing issue in the UK. Over a fifth (22 per cent) of employees went into work when feeling mentally ill last year, up from 18 per cent in 2016, despite the number of employees not taking a sick day decreasing from 54 per cent in 2016 to 47 per cent in 2017.