Engage with the problem, don’t ignore it
According to the Labour Force Survey, the problem is growing, the number of sick days taken due to stress, anxiety and depression increased from 11.8m days in 2010 to 15.2m days in 2013, accounting for around 11% of work days lost.**
For progressive employers, awareness of the importance of employee mental health has grown to the point that it has become an integral part of people management but, regrettably, for too many others, the picture is far from encouraging. For example, our own research of senior business managers, executives and owners undertaken in February of this year revealed that over two thirds (69%) don’t believe that suffering from stress, anxiety or depression is a serious enough reason for employees to be absent from work. ***
It’s a prejudice that does neither employers nor employees living with mental ill health issues any favours.