Workplace wellbeing: are organisations failing their employees?

Line managers are not being given enough support to protect employees' mental health and wellbeing at work according to recent research by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Management Today.

by Management Today Staff
Last Updated: 18 Mar 2019

Poor mental health is estimated to cost employers between £33bn and £42bn a year in sick pay and lost productivity. And around 300,000 people with a long-term mental health condition lose their jobs each year according to the 2017 UK Government- commissioned Stevenson-Farmer review.

Employees are under a multitude of pressures, both at work and in their personal lives. Given their position, line managers are often best placed to spot the signs of poor mental health in the workplace and – if equipped with the right skill set – can help to manage these issues effectively before they develop further.

The actions and behaviour of line managers can have a direct impact both positive and negative, on employee wellbeing.

Download your copy of IOSH's Workplace Wellbeing report

Management Today and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) wanted to explore this further. We surveyed more than 400 employees from a variety of businesses across the UK to examine the role line managers play in promoting positive mental health in the workplace and to help us get a clearer picture of what is being done in the workplace to support those with mental health problems.

Though employers are already required by law to provide advice or training on health and safety, only 31% of those we surveyed say they feel they have been sufficiently trained to recognise signs of poor mental health in their direct reports. An alarming 57% also say their organisation offers no mental health and wellbeing training for managerial staff.

So how can organisations better support line managers to help staff with mental health problems remain and thrive in work?

Download the report to discover how you can take a proactive approach to dealing with mental health in the workplace. Management Today and IOSH reveal findings from our survey of over 400 UK employees and offer practical examples of where organisations have tackled mental health in the workplace head on.

Download the full report here.

Image credit: Benjavisa/ Getty Images Plus

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

Has the cult of workplace wellbeing run its course?

Forget mindfulness apps and fresh fruit Fridays. If we really care about employee wellbeing, we...

Cybercriminals: A case study for decentralised organisations?

A study shows that stereotypes of organised criminals are wide of the mark.

Why your turnaround is failing

Be careful where you look for advice.

Crash course: How to find hidden talent

The best person for the role might be closer than you think.

What they don't tell you about flexible working

The realities of ditching the nine to five don't always live up to the hype....

The business case for compassion: Nando's, Cisco and Innocent Drinks

Consciously, systematically humane cultures reap enormous benefits, argues academic Amy Bradley.