Friday, April 14, 2017

Leaders must change the culture on mental health at work - PERSONNEL TODAY

by Adrian Wakeling
Originally published: April 13, 2017

Momentum is growing to make employers’ take responsibility to tackle the problem of mental health at work, not least from the Government. Adrian Wakeling, senior policy adviser at work experts Acas, shares employers’ tips on how to manage the issue, gleaned from recent workshops. 

More than 100,000 of the one million calls to the helpline of workplace experts Acas concern “absence, sickness and stress”, and a recent analysis of some of these calls is revealing.

Many of the calls come from employees suffering from a problem related to mental health at work, such as someone who was stressed out about working extra hours in the police service. Other similar calls came from an employee off work from a job in an abattoir, an employee suffering intimidation in a dental practice and another worker who was stressed out on the building site.