Having a fulfilling job can be good for our mental health and general wellbeing. Work for many of us is a big part of our lives. We spend most of our time at work; it is where we make friends and earn our income.
Sometimes we feel like things are getting on top of us. This could be work related; such as deadlines or travel, or it could be something else; like our health, relationships or personal circumstances. But someone with a mental health problem still has a lot of skills to offer. You might be surprised to know that the value added to our economy by employees who have or have had mental health problems is up to £225 billion per year. This represents 12.1% of the UK’s total GDP.
In order to protect that value, we need to address mental health at work for those with existing issues, those at risk and for the workforce as a whole.
Mental health at work and good management go hand in hand. There is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive.
Productivity can increase by as much as 12% when wellbeing at work is prioritised.
Find out more about how to support mental health in your workplace.
Ash Botes (eLearning Service Manager / Developer)