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Why employee well-being matters

Gemma Fox

A healthy workforce is essential to a successful business. Modern jobs require a lot of mental capacity, so strong mental health is closely linked to their ability to work effectively. This is why, over the past few years, a number of businesses have stepped up their efforts to take care of their employees’ mental health. A Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) is a designated and trained individual, who should be the first port of call for employees experiencing mental health issues. Along with the obvious human impact, they can also make an impact on finances and productivity in unexpected ways.

Running the numbers

According to the NHS, the largest causes of sickness absence for our county’s workforce is depression, stress, and anxiety. Mental illness costs UK businesses around £35 billion every year, this equates to £10.6 billion lost to sickness absence, £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, and £3.1 billion in substituting staff members who vacate their roles due to mental illness. MHFAs are key in cutting down these losses, it makes a lot of sense to invest in your employees’ health, especially when the training pays for itself by regaining some of the working hours lost to mental health.

Increased productivity

It’s not just saving the lost working days, mentally healthy employees are able to focus more and feed into a more positive work environment. It’s even been shown that happy employees take more calculated risks, instead of playing it safe. Happy and engaged employees are more likely to stay with the business, avoiding the cost and time associated with finding and training a replacement.

Simple happiness

Beyond the numbers, sometimes we have to accept that people aren’t 100% driven by a successful career and many people go to work just to supplement a happy life. When you take care of employee happiness, you show that you’re respecting their fundamental drives, in turn, they’re more likely to be motivated to help your business achieve its fundamental drive, whatever that may be. Employees that you respect, and pay attention to, will be more present and productive as they understand they’re contributing to a mutually beneficial partnership.

Read our related blog: Work is something we do, not somewhere we go

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