“Many employers are already creating healthy, inclusive workplaces, but more needs to be done so that employers provide the support needed for employees with mental health conditions.” – Prime Minister Theresa May, January 2017
This blog sits alongside Part 1 from a few days ago which celebrated the excellent Thriving at work Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers, commissioned by the prime minister, published last week on 26th October.
Along with the clear and practical expectations on employers going forward it introduces aspirations:
• Every one of us will have the knowledge, tools and confidence, to understand and look after our own mental health and the mental health of those around us.
• All organisations will be equipped with the awareness and tools to not only address but prevent mental ill health caused or worsened by work
• Be equipped to support individuals with a mental health condition to thrive from recruitment, and throughout the organisation
Deloitte’s analysis which supports the report notes that investments made in improving mental health show a consistently positive return on investment… a finding which is bolstered by a number of academic meta-studies which demonstrate the same.