NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in collaboration with Public Health England have recently published their updated ‘Mental Health at Work’ Guideline (NG212).
This guideline covers how to create the right conditions for mental wellbeing at work. It aims to promote a supportive and inclusive work environment, including training and support for managers and helping people who have or are at risk of poor mental health.
The guideline also includes recommendations on:
- strategic approaches to improving mental wellbeing in the workplace
- external sources of support
- engaging with employees and their representatives
- local and regional strategies and plans
- considerations for small and medium-sized enterprises (including micro-enterprises)
Poor mental health costs employers in the UK between £33 billion and £42 billion a year (Thriving at Work report, 2017). Mental health difficulties are also the biggest cause of sickness absence in this country (Health and Safety Executive, 2018).
Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work can help create a positive working environment and improve employee satisfaction and engagement, and ultimately help people thrive at work. A happy and healthy workforce is essential in building a successful business.
Our experienced occupational health and EAP teams at MCL Medics have been delivering excellence in workplace health and wellbeing for over two decades. As an established, experienced, and trusted occupational health and EAPA approved Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider, we take care of people in all work sectors, across the UK, by working in partnership with our clients to put their employee’s health and wellbeing at the forefront of the company.
A positive, inclusive, and collaborative workplace is essential for good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Positive interactions at work increase good feelings, increase morale, and improve work satisfaction. With our EAP we can proactively support the wellbeing of your entire workforce, assisting your employees to take on any challenges they face – both in work and outside it.