“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” Maya Angelou
Well the benefits of getting mental health into the workplace really could not be plainer…
It makes sense in business terms, research reported in the Independent found that FTSE 100 businesses that used the words ‘mental health’ or ‘wellbeing’ more than twice in their annual reports raked in up to three times more profit than those that did not.
It’s not all about the bottom line of course but what the bottom line indicates is a thriving business and no business thrives where staff are disconnected, disempowered and unhappy.
So, why are we so slow to really ‘get’ workplace mental health in the UK while in the USA it is recognised as an essential ingredient of successful business for years?
Perhaps it is our national tendency to the stiff upper lip and failing to regard our emotions as central to how we and others perform.
Mental health is not a mystery and it’s not complicated. What helps a person stay well helps an organisation to succeed. Educate leaders and managers about this, weave it into the tapestry of an organisation and the rest will follow.
Up to three times more profit, it makes perfect business sense.