Supporting employee wellbeing

As organisations make difficult decisions to navigate through economic recovery, many employees are struggling with additional anxiety and stress. There are affordable solutions out there that can help support employee wellbeing and protect company culture.

ANXIETY IN THE WORKPLACE

At the start of the pandemic, we looked at how the shared moment of anxiety could be a chance to break down the taboo of mental health, to find out more click here. To further these conversations, we then examined how employers can help reduce employee anxiety when returning to work, you can read the findings here. To further delve into this topic we conducted our own poll, have a look at the results here.

Months later with new research coming to light we still find ourselves asking difficult questions surrounding employee wellbeing in the workplace. The pandemic has increased anxiety for many and there has been a sharp rise in people suffering psychological conditions. Therapists and teachers warn of a looming mental health crisis as 500,000 people who did not get treated during the lockdown finally seek help. This is due to many NHS services being suspended and people being either too afraid to access care or did not want to bother the NHS.

EMPLOYEE WELLBEING

The outcome of all the above has left England’s 54 specialists NHS mental health trusts struggling to cope raising the question that organisations need to do more to look after the wellbeing of their employees. It is not simply an ethical decision, as there is a strong connection between employee wellbeing and company performance.

A recent CIPD survey found that mental ill-health and stress were the top two causes of long term absence in UK workplaces and ultimately a big reason for why employees quit their jobs. Whilst redundancies are obviously hugely stressful for the people being let go, the staff who remain have the added pressure of picking up extra work and rebounding from the loss of friends and colleagues. This problem of stress and anxiety is a cultural issue, and sadly will not simply go away without people being encouraged to seek available support.

FUTURE WORKFORCE WELLNESS
And it is not simply a ‘moment in time’ that is only affecting the current workforce generation. Since lockdown, Alison Peacock, chief executive of the Chartered College of Teaching said, “The level of anxiety about pupils’ learning and wellbeing is deeply concerning.” This reveals that the problem is not going to go away with the next generation entering the workforce. If anything, it will become more prominent if left unaddressed.

THE ROLE FOR DIGITAL LEARNING

We understand that resources and budgets are under pressure. However, the cost of supporting mental health does not have to be prohibitively expensive or unable to scale across a large organisation. Digital learning solutions can play a role in helping make sense of mental health problems. By creating digital learning journeys that teach managers and employees to recognise the signs of stress and how to support others, we can deliver a base level of knowledge resulting in more open conversations about mental health.

With our bespoke approach, Fenturi can focus on specific workplace triggers for mental illness and show how workplaces can be designed to support the mental wellbeing of employees. All this learning content can be made once, and then delivered to every single employee in the organisation.

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