We have a new eLearning course available through our website – Managing Workplace Wellbeing.
While each of our online courses gives advice to managers on how to create a wellbeing culture in the workplace, this is the first that takes you through each stage of managing an employee with a mental health-related problem.
This is what it covers:
Module 1 – Recruitment
Module 2 – Mental wellbeing at work
Module 3 – Helping employees in distress
Module 4 – Supporting an absent employee
Module 5 – Returning to work
Why should we manage mental health at work?
Statistics show that 21.9 million working days were lost in 2017 because of poor mental health. This accounted for 8% of all days lost, with the number likely to be higher due to employees’ fear of repercussions.
Many employees may take time off work due to their mental health but blame it on other problems. This is because of the stigma often associated with admitting to having mental health issues.
In order to challenge this stigma, employers should build trust within their organisation to allow employees to disclose this information and encourage open and honest discussions. This is vital for both measuring and managing mental health effectively.
The Equality Act 2010 states that it is illegal to discriminate against a person for having a disability, as this is a ‘protected characteristic’. Mental illnesses can fall within this remit.
Know what to do
The eLearning course and its accompanying checklist provide a step-by-step guide to managing mental health and employee wellbeing; from the initial meeting, the adjustments to make, to an employee’s possible absence and their return to work.
Find out more about the new course on our Wellbeing e-learning Course page.