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Mental health has become a growing concern for workers and companies since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Although there were attempts to develop solutions, little progress has been made regarding the replicability and scalability of solutions due to a lack of understanding and actions from employers.
Overall, people neglect the fact that there are factors about themselves outside of work which could impact their mental health at work. Nowadays, wellbeing has become a main factor for employee retention pushing industries to innovate and provide impactful solutions.
With growing awareness surrounding mental health in the workplace, it has become impossible for employers to ignore their responsibilities towards staff. The lack of regulatory guidance and structure around mental health in work spaces has created a gap that most companies are failing to bridge.
Care of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is seen as a department's responsibility or that of passionate advocates
Mental health and wellbeing is seen as everyone's responsibility not a single department
Sometimes it takes a mental health episode in the workplace before mental health and wellbeing is brought into sharp focus
There is sustained effort to educate about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
Mental health and wellbeing proved far more complex than physical health
We accept mental health and wellbeing is more complex than physical health and therefore different and new approaches will be needed
There is a generation and an industry gap in the understanding of mental health and wellbeing
There is a common and informed understanding of mental health and wellbeing and why stigma is not necessary
People don't see mental health training as transferable skill (like they do with physical health training)
Skills in mental health first aid are considered transferable and developed as a community resilience asset
Lockdown has created global awareness regarding mental health but developed challenges to provide adequate support to struggling workforce.
Sufficient support, processes and mechanisms are in place to monitor, evaluate and support mental health wellbeing in the workplace
Employers are beginning to trial mental health initiatives within the workplace but with limited expenditure
Mental health is recognised and expenditure is aligned to it as with physical health
The ad-hoc support for mental health wellbeing in the workplace is resulting in high turnover of staff and a loss of productivity
Mental health wellbeing and its impact of productivity, staff recruitment and retention is understood resulting in improved retention rates and efficiencies
The solutions to this challenge:
Will support employers to become more aware of the benefits of good mental health within the workplace to focus on prevention rather than the response to mental health incidents.
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