Written by Laura Autumn-Cox
Employee wellbeing should sit at the heart of every organisation
According to the UK's Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 7 people experience mental health problems in the workplace. Conditions such as anxiety and depression account for 12.7% of all sickness absences, significantly impacting productivity. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that employee wellness has shot to the top of the boardroom agenda.
What is wellness?
Once upon a time, looking after employee wellness meant sticking a ping-pong table in the office and handing out fresh fruit. Today, we are far more conscious of mental health conditions and the impact they have on socio-economies.
However, despite growing awareness, mental ill health remains one of the world's biggest challenges. Across the world,676 million peopleare effected by mental health issues. In the UK alone, the total cost of mental ill health is estimated at £105bn per year.
Part of the solution lies in improving the mental and physical wellbeing of workers. In the UK, the average worker clocks in almost 40 hours
each week. Spending this amount of time in an unkind environment is a recipe for mental ill health. Humans want to feel valued, listened to, and respected. If our working environments make us feel undervalued, ignored, or bored, then our mental health is bound to deteriorate. It's little wonder that mental ill health is responsible for 72 million lost working days.
A mind to be kind
It's no coincidence that kind companies are also successful companies. The happier someone is in their working environment, the more productive they will be. If organisations treat workers with kindness and consideration, they embed mental wellbeing into their cultures.
One of the biggest costs to organisations is high staff turnover. Finding, hiring, and training new employees eats up valuable time and resources – not to mention