Mental Health in the workplace is a very important issue that is being addressed not only on the Isle of Man but also the UK.
The Stevenson-Farmer Independent Review into Mental Health in the workplace was commissioned by Theresa May in January this year. The review aims to understand how employers can better support all individuals in employment, including those with poor mental health or wellbeing. Deloitte were asked to support this review by exploring the following questions:
- What is the cost of poor mental health to employers?
- What is the return on investment (ROI) to employers from mental health interventions in the workplace?
- What can we learn from international examples in terms of good practice?
The independent review into workplace mental health, commissioned by the Prime Minister in January and led by Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer, has published its report, Thriving at Work. The review looks at how employers can better support all employees including those with poor mental health or wellbeing remain in and thrive at work.
Statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions reveal that 300,000 people with a long term mental health problem lose their jobs each year. Analysis by Deloitte, commissioned by the reviewers, also reveals a demonstrable cost to employers, and quantifies for the first time how investing in supporting mental health at work is good for business and productivity.
Poor mental health costs the UK economy between £74 billion and £99 billion a year. Deloitte’s analysis shows that the cost to employers is between £33 billion and £42 billion of this number. Evaluations of workplace interventions show a return to business of between £1.50 and £9 for every £1 invested.
Drawing on the accounts of over 200 employers of people with mental health problems and leading experts in mental health and work, Thriving at Work sets out core principles and standards that all employers should commit to. It highlights examples of some employers who are taking positive and innovative steps to support the mental health of their employees.
The reviewers are calling on all employers, regardless of size or industry, to adopt six ‘mental health core standards’ that lay the basic foundations for an approach to workplace mental health. These cover mental health at work plans, mental health awareness for employees, line management responsibilities and routine monitoring of staff mental health and wellbeing. Large employers and the public sector are expected to go even further, demonstrating best practice through external reporting and designated leadership responsibility.
The full report can be viewed on the Gov.uk website.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said:
“We found that in many workplaces, mental health is still a taboo subject and that opportunities are missed to prevent poor mental health and ensure employees who may be struggling get the support they need. In many instances employers simply don’t understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support.
“The human cost of failing to address mental health in the workplace is clear. Workplace mental health should be a priority for organisations across the UK. Every employer in the UK has a responsibility to support employees with mental health problems and promote the mental wellbeing of their entire workforce.”
The review took account of Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index. The Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice around mental health. It celebrates the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, and provides key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve. Participating organisations undertake staff and employer surveys to help assess where the gaps lie between the organisation’s approach to workplace wellbeing and staff perceptions.
30 organisations took part in the first Index, with 15,000 of their employees completing the staff survey. Mind has today published its first report into the findings of the survey.
The Director of Public Health IOM has also released a primary report on Manx Health, it is the first time that statistics have been produced with measured outcomes in such detail.
"The 2017 Annual Report of the Director of Public Health provides an independent overview of the health and wellbeing of the population of the Isle of Man. This is Dr Henriett Ewart's first report as Director and the first to be published since 2004.
Over the past two years the Directorate have been developing a Public Health Intelligence function to enable us to publish statistics that reflect the health of the population.
These will be published as a Public Health Outcomes Dataset (with accompanying Lifestyle survey report) and the DPH annual report is designed to give an overview of the data that will be accessible to a general reader.
The dataset will be updated annually and we hope it will be of general interest but we also want to use it as the basis for some cross-government discussions about how we can work better together to improve the wider determinants (socio-economic, environmental and behavioural factors) of health.
Co-ordinated action on these wider determinants will be essential to delivery of the Programme for Government outcome that 'we live longer, healthier lives'.