Friday, May 19, 2017

Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’ - HR NEWS

Originally published: May 18, 2017

New analysis from HR and diversity consultancy, the Clear Company, has revealed that HR professionals will, on average, oversee 15 staff with mental health conditions each year.

Furthermore, the UK Workplace Wellbeing Survey identified mental health in the workplace as the second biggest challenge facing employers in the next five years, with respondents stating that 26% of workplace absences were down to psychological conditions.

According to figures from XpertHR, the median number of employees per HR practitioner was 62.5 in 2016. Meanwhile, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year according to mental health charity, Mind.

Employers are already putting interventions in place to support staff, with 81% offering line manager training (around recognising stress within the workplace), 75% offering occupational health support, 72% offering employee assistance programmes and a further 62% offering separate counselling support.