Promoting emotional wellbeing in the workplace.
We spend a lot of time at work, it should be a place where we are happy, get along with our colleagues and feel a sense of achievement. Sadly, workplace stress, anxiety and depression are increasing rapidly.
Is there anything as an employer that you can do to help?
Most of us are aware of the high cost to British industry because of absenteeism from work due to ill health. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) states “there were more than 480,000 reported cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in the UK in 2015/16. This equated to 11.7 million working days being lost as a result of the condition”.
The startling fact is that stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 37% of all work related ill health*. It’s no wonder then that the Health & Social Care Information Centre shows that the number of anti-depressants prescribed in England has more than doubled in the last decade. 2015 shows an increase of 108% on 2005.
Previous studies have estimated that as much as 50% of workplace absence has nothing to do with physical health but emotional and psychological health.
Supporting your most valuable asset
It’s not just “workplace stress” that’s affecting employees either. An employee could be dealing with a serious illness or a relationship breakdown. There are many life events that affect most of us at one time or another and these can all contribute to stress and anxiety levels rising, which can ultimately affect our performance and attendance at work.
Everyone will have bad days but work-related stress can lead to poor sleep, irritability and maybe even bad habits, such as excessive drinking. Even though counselling is more commonplace today and more affordable, there are still people who struggle to afford professional help. Yes, the NHS can provide counselling through GP surgeries but these are often time limited and can involve waiting lists.
Employers can help.
Would you be prepared to assist with the cost of therapy for your employees if it meant reduced absence, increased productivity and wellbeing in your workforce?
Research by Robert Half shows that 17% of respondents have access to counselling through their employer. 54% of employees who have received this benefit (to deal with stress) said they would have taken days, weeks or months off work without it. - Capita Health & Wellbeing Research.
Silk Counselling works with local employers to provide confidential counselling to their employees. Unlike traditional EAP programmes, this is not done on the basis of a ‘retainer’ or ‘subscription’ fee, just as and when needed. Some employers choose to cover 100% of the cost of therapy, some offer to subsidise a percentage of the cost. The number of sessions you wish to pay for is entirely your choice.
Silk Counselling will work with you (and your employees) to suit your needs. Please call or email me to discuss this service further and how this might help your employees and your business.
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Broken Cross, Macclesfield,
Cheshire SK11 8TU