There are 11.7 million absence days lost a year in the U.K. due to stress, anxiety or depression*.
The average cost of poor mental health is £1205 for the private sector and £1551 for the public sector**. This accounts for absences and reduced productivity due to presenteeism. These costs will increase further if an employee leaves and you have lost productivity, recruitment and new employee training to factor in.
You can take a look at my summary of the UK Thriving at Work Report into the cost of ill mental health here.
1 in 4 people don't disclose a mental health issue at work, as they feel there isn't support or guidance for doing so.
Added Value: Mental Health as a Workplace Asset Report, Mental Health Foundation and Unum, 2016.
Signs of workplace stress include:
|Physical signs||Mental signs||Behavioural signs|
|feeling constantly tired||poor concentration||poor time keeping|
(e.g. colds and flus)
|difficulty in making decisions||unexplained absences|
|digestive disorders||poor critical thinking||unusual emotional outbursts|
|back pain||seems anxious or depressed||
|chest pain||enjoying work less|
|high blood pressure||social withdrawal|
|increase in smoking, drinking or drug taking|
Personal coaching for your employees will:
"This is a business productivity issue which should be dealt with alongside other health and safety considerations. Creating a positive environment for mental health demonstrably costs less than failing to do so."
Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor, University of Arts, London.
We'll have honest conversations about personal issues. To get the most from coaching, employees will need to commit to the sessions and the process. We'll discuss what career goals they want to achieve, their strengths and weaknesses, obstacles that hinder them and how they can overcome them.
Everything said and written between the employee and I is kept confidential and is stored securely. This is essential to build trust. Paper files are kept securely and digital files and communications are securely encrypted. I have a non-disclosure agreement available to protect the confidentiality of your organisation.
In the Thriving at Work report commissioned by the UK Government, researchers Deloitte suggested that for every £1 employers invest in mental health interventions, £1.50 - £9 could be generated as a result.
The cost of poor mental health to the UK economy is £99bn. £42bn of that is borne by employers.
Thriving at Work Report, October 2017.
Employees also get free access to an exclusive client area. This contains a variety of tools and exercises to support their progress, covering areas such as understanding yourself, goal-setting, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), problem solving and managing depression.
Employees can use their phone or tablet to submit exercises as they happen.
The advantages of using coaching tools:
Susanne McCabe is a Mum to three young children. Whilst working part-time and experiencing serious illness within her family, Susanne experienced a long period off work with chronic fatigue. During this time, she re-examined her life and focussed on reducing her stress and finding a fulfilling life based on her values and goals.
In 2009, Susanne became an ICT Specialist with an enterprise company. This involved advising SMEs on how to generate business growth and reduce costs through ICT. She quickly built positive relationships and gained a reputation for her enthusiasm and client focus. It's these skills, experience and her caring, non-judgemental attitude that will help your employees overcome their stress and realise their potential.
"The coaching sessions were not what I expected, they were much better. Susanne steered me through some tough, thought-provoking exercises with care and consideration. With her help, I managed to look at things objectively and realistically. I could not have asked for more or better guidance."
M McDougall, Glasgow
*Labour Force Survey 2015/2016. **Thriving at Work report, October 2017.