Almost half of work-related illness is due to stress, depression or anxiety according to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
There are three main reasons employers should be looking to prevent stress and support good mental health in business; it’s the law, it’s good for business and it’s the right thing to do.
Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, the law requires all employers to prevent work related stress to support good mental health in the workplace.
A report by Deloitte estimates that the total annual cost of poor mental health to employers has increased by 25% since 2019, costing UK employers up to £56 billion a year. The report revealed that employers see a return of £5 on average for every £1 invested in mental health.
HSE’s Working Minds campaign brings together a range of tools and support to help businesses and workers understand the best ways to prevent work related stress and encourage good mental health.
Commenting, Peter Crosland, National Civil Engineering Director for CECA and Chair of HSE CONIAC tackling ill-health working group, said: “CECA is proud to be a WorkingMinds campaign partner, launched one year ago today. Mental health and work-related stress are still key issues in our industry that need urgent attention. It would appear from the stats that the situation is getting worse, not better. Working in partnership with HSE and others can only be a positive step in getting the message out to industry and help spread the message far and wide. We need everyone in construction to understand that they have a duty to health, safety and wellbeing at the start of every project.”
You can get started today with Working Minds five simple steps:
- Reach out and have conversations
- Recognise the signs and causes of stress
- Respond to any risks identified by agreeing action points between employer and worker
- Reflect on the actions taken – have things improved?
- make it Routine to check back in on how things are going.
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