World Mental Health Day took place on 10 October. As identified in the CIPD Health and Wellbeing at Work Survey psychological problems are now the greatest risk to employee well-being. The importance of workplace wellbeing has steadily become more of a focus for HR practitioners over the past few years and in particular during the course of 2018. This regular blog is intended to keep you up to date with news, trends and sources of information and support in this area.
World Mental Health Day is an annual event intended to raise awareness of mental health issues with numerous events taking place on and around the day. On 8 October the Where's your head at? campaign handed a petition to the UK Government signed by 200,000 people seeking a change in the law on the provision of mental health first aiders. Most workplaces are legally required to provide first aiders trained to deal with physical ill health, but the same does not apply to mental health first aiders. It is proposed that a mental health first aider will be a person in the workplace who has been trained to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
CIPD in conjunction with the mental health charity Mind recently published an updated mental health guide for managers. The guide, called the People Managers' Guide to Mental Health is aimed at improving the support that managers can offer employees.
A poll carried out by not for profit health body ukactive and Sodexho has shown that the average length of a lunch break has fallen from 33 minutes in 2012 to 22 minutes today, with many people reporting eating a sandwich at their desk. Most of the respondents to the poll said they would like to exercise but their workload got in the way. Seventy seven per cent of respondents also said corporate gym memberships would have a positive impact on their physical and mental health, with a similar amount saying compulsory lunch breaks would boost their health.
And finally, there has been significant publicity recently about companies managing to increase productivity while reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction for workers by changing to a 4 day "full time" week. In our recent blog we look at whether this is too good to be true?