Government Review Calls for Routine Monitoring of Employee Mental Health
In January 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May commissioned an independent review into how employers can better support the mental health of all people currently in employment. CANTAB Corporate Health was one of the organisations tasked with reviewing the role digital health technology can play in providing this support.
The resulting Thriving at work review, issued this week, reports that around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition, impacting on all aspects of their lives. There is a large annual cost to employers of between £33 billion and £42 billion, due to presenteeism, sickness absence and staff turnover. The cost of poor mental health to the UK economy as a whole is estimated to be up to £99 billion per year.
With the aim of reducing stigma, improving the mental health of the population and support for those who need it, and improving the UK’s productivity, this review sets out mental health core standards, recommending that all employers should:
- Create a mental health at work plan
- Build mental health awareness by making information and support accessible
- Encourage open conversations
- Provide good working conditions and ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance
- Promote effective people management
- Routinely monitor employee mental health and well-being
CANTAB cognitive assessment software is being used by a growing number of organisations to help routinely monitor their employees’ mental health and wellbeing.
It accurately measures the key elements of cognition, enabling individuals and organisations to improve mental health and workplace performance. At the same time, it reduces the risks and costs associated with poor cognitive health.
For more information on supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace, speak to us.