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As workers return to their desks and work stations from Monday 12th April, it is predicted they will bring with them a backlog of wellbeing requirements, which needs to be addressed.
Festering mental and physical health issues during furlough and work from home periods will likely be harder to hide, adding more pressure to HR professionals and Line Managers.
I think it’s fair to say that those in human resources and other people-professionals are likely to experience what has been called a tsunami of mental health issues that have been bubbling under the surface ready to burst the lockdown banks.
Speaking with our counsellors and therapists in the last few weeks, we already know most are busy and we expect this to not just continue but increase. Even though remote therapy by video link has been useful, we know that some just prefer face to face sessions.
Whilst we must all continue to be COVID cautious, the vaccine and other measures have now made it more likely for face to face sessions to return as gyms, hair salons and retail re-open on the 12th.
EAPs, private healthcare providers and some larger occupational health companies provide counselling sessions for employees. That said, it is usually limited to six sessions.
Our workplace business to business offering allows HR to select one or more appointed therapists including specialists to create a mental health team.
As an example you may select 3 integrative therapists (a combination of methods and ideal for stress, anxiety and depression), one CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) specialist and one relationship specialist. To that you may add an addiction therapist perhaps.
During the last year we know that relationships have suffered. Domestic abuse has increased and so has drink and drug addiction.
In most employee cases, we find that staff just want to talk about more ‘general’ stresses which we would be covered by the integrative therapists.
Sessions take place off site and are confidential. Only HR or perhaps a Line Manager may know a person has been having sessions. The content though is purely between the therapist and employee.
This gives them a chance to talk. To vent. To get some help to heal and return to work. We know that good work is good for health.
Sending your staff to a counsellor might seem like another expense, but we know it makes financial sense. It is evidenced that in most cases businesses get £5 back for every £1 spent. 6 sessions of therapy cost no more than a lap top or a weeks wages for a manager.
With this set up an with no monthly fee or contract, it’s just a case of knowing it’s there and then using the service when your colleagues need it.
And finally, if you really want to show that your company is serious about mental health and is keen to reduce the stigma, then staff should be allowed to ‘self-refer’. The platform gives staff access to do this.
For more information please email us at email@example.com or call our Business Development Manager Mark on 07931-156946.
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