The modern workplace and stress seem to go seamlessly together with a huge 87% of people in one survey reporting work-related stress. It is also not just the individual’s health but the companies they are working for also.
Emma Mamo from the charity Mind, states that stress ‘costs UK employers £26bn a year’ in sickness absence. So every organisation, big or small, does need to take mental health seriously.
One company notably behind this message is the financial services company Nomura. This usually cut throat banking business is not alone in trying to change the attitude to mental health in the workplace.
The formation of organisations such as the City Mental Health Alliance in London are aimed at encouraging businesses in the busy business capital to openly discuss mental health in the same way physical health is talked about.
From a business point of view the head of HR at Nomura says ‘if I have fewer people off sick the business is much more productive and people work better together’. But it’s not all about the money. The duty of care to the individual is also important and it is recognised that anyone with a certain amount of work responsibility does create a mental health risk.
It has historically been a ‘superman or superwoman’ business and showing any signs of weakness was certainly discouraged. Luckily this is turning around now though and over the last five to six years there has been a noticeable shift.
In line with the changing attitudes there has been more things put in place to make it easier to cope with changing mental health needs. For example one-off courses, such as mindfulness, have been offered as a regular fixture. Nomura also even has an on-site mental health nurse.
Adidas has also been recognised as one of Britain’s Healthiest Company’s with their equally as impressive emotional health support. They have also an on-site wellness centre with resources for both physical and mental health alike. This includes free access to CBT, life and career coaches.