HR Insights, 17th Sept, Breathe Spaces - Mental Health in the Workplace

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Helen Jones' slides from Breathe Spaces (part of Platfform) covering the importance of monitoring mental health in the workplace and what signs to look out for.
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  • 1. Mental Health in the Workplace Helen Jones helenjones@breathespaces.com
  • 2. 44% • Of all work-related ill-health cases – Stress, Anxiety or Depression 57% • Of all working days lost due to ill health are due to Stress, Anxiety or Depression 0.5+ million • Workers suffering from work-related anxiety & depression 15.4 million • Working days lost due to Stress, Anxiety or Depression 5.2 billion • Annual Cost of work-related Stress, Anxiety and Depression in GB 2014/15 25.8 • Working days lost per case on average Stress, Anxiety and Depression Statistics 2017/18
  • 3. • Attract & Retain Staff • Impact on Performance • Potential disability discrimination claims • Market reputation 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition which results in an estimated annual cost of - £33 to £42 Billion Annual Cost of Mental Health Related Under Performance
  • 4. Wellbeing - Happiness
  • 5. Mental Health – Bio-Psycho-Social Model Biological SocialPsychological
  • 6. HSE Definition – Workplace Stress HSE (Health & Safety Executive) defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’.
  • 7. Vulnerability / Stress - Model of Resilience Vulnerability Stress Mental ill-Health Mental Health Highly Vulnerable Highly Resilient
  • 8. WHAT IF THE WORKPLACE IS TOXIC?
  • 9. Definition - Toxic ‘Extremely Harsh, Malicious, or Harmful’ Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • 10. Toxic Workplace A workplace environment, (culture, work practices and workload), that is toxic to its employees, suppliers and / or stakeholders, mental health and wellbeing.
  • 11. HSE identify six main causes of workplace stress •Employees may say that are not able to cope with the demands of their jobsDemands •Employees may say that they are unable to control the way they do their workControl •Employees may say that they don’t receive enough information and supportSupport •Employees may say that they are having trouble with relationships at work, or are being bullied Relationships •Employees may say that they don’t fully understand their role and responsibilities Role •Employees may say that they are not engaged when a business is undergoing change Change
  • 12. Workplace Stress, Depression or Anxiety by Cause – Labour Force Survey
  • 13. Workplace Stress, Depression or Anxiety by Cause – THOR-GP Data
  • 14. Is it the responsibility of the individual to increase their level of resilience or the employer to reduce the level of stress?
  • 15. WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
  • 16. Breathe Solution Culture Individual Working Practices Leadership & Management
  • 17. Breathe Solution cont… Top Down Culture, Investment, Training, Communication, Employee Assistance Programmes, Resources, Policies, Processes, Development Bottom Up Wellbeing Champions, Communication, Engagement, Stress Management, Effective Self- Care Strategies
  • 18. Summary We must ensure that we proactively protect and promote employee mental health and actively resist shifting the responsibility for an employee’s mental health and wellbeing from the employer to the employee.
  • 19. Resources • Breathe – www.breathespace.com • Platfform - www.platfform.org.uk • HSE – Line managers resource • ACAS – Health, Work & Wellbeing • Mind – Workplace Wellbeing in Wales • Mates in Mind – Tools for Organisations • Samaritans - In the workplace • Time to Change Wales – Resources • Healthy Working Wales (NHS) - Mental Health • Mental Health at Work – Building Mental Health in Construction • British Heart Foundation – Health at work
  • 20. Thank You helenjones@breathespaces.com hello@breathespaces.com www.breathespace.com
  • 21. References Agerbo, E., Gunnell, D., Bonde, J.P., Mortensen, P.B. and Nordentoft, M., 2007. Suicide and occupation: the impact of socio-economic, demographic and psychiatric differences. Psychological medicine, 37(8), pp.1131-1140. Black, C., 2008. Dame Carol Black's review of the health of Britain's working age population: Working for a healthier tomorrow. Stationery Office. Health & Safety Executive. 2019. Work-related stress and how to tackle it. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/what-to- do.htm. [Accessed 10 May 2019]. Health & Safety Executive - Management of Health and Safety in the Workplace: UK results from European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks, 2014 (ESENER-2) - http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/oshman.pdf?pdf=oshman Health & Safety Executive Work related stress depression or anxiety statistics in Great Britain, 2018 – Annual Statistics http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress.pdf Office National Statistics. 2017. Suicide by occupation, England: 2011 to 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/articles/suicidebyoccupation/england2011to2 015. [Accessed 11 May 2019]. Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Second edition). Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended). Guidance on Regulations L25 (Second edition) HSE Books 2005 ISBN 978 0 7176 6139 8 www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l25.htm Steadman, K., Wood, M. and Silvester, H., 2015. Health and wellbeing at work: a survey of employees. Corporate Document Services. Stevenson, D., 2017. Thriving at work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers. Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer. Young, V. and Bhaumik, C., 2011. Health and well-being at work: A survey of employees. Department for Work and Pensions. Research Report 751. Sheffield, UK.
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