Line managers can support workers’ mental wellbeing, says Richard Holmes.

Mental health in the workplace is a significant talking point and there’s a good reason why. In 2016/17, there were over half a million (526,000) cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety, and it accounted for 40% of all work-related ill health, according to the Deloitte UK Mental Health Monitor, published in October 2017.

It’s an issue that cannot be overlooked, with mental health-related presenteeism costing employers up to three times the cost of mental health-related absence.

It’s also emerging that employees are calling out for greater support at work, with eight in 10 saying they do not believe their employer does enough to support their physical and mental wellbeing, according to research conducted by Westfield Health on 2,025 UK employees in April 2018.

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