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According to an article by Forbes, demand for mental services at work are on the rise. There is clear evidence of this among our peers, competitors and across mental health charities and NGO’s.
The cost of this to the UK economy is some £34.9Bn last year according to the Centre for Mental Health.
Forbes notes in a 2019 report that 75% of Gen-Zers and half of Millennials have voluntarily left a job, at least in part, due to mental health concerns.
Report author Jen Porter of Mind Share Partners investigated whether having an on-site therapist was cost effective and the right thing to do.
It is a common understanding that one in four suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their lives and we know that this often results in long term sickness absence.
According to Occupational Health sources, the average cost of a weeks’ staff absence is around £450. My experience having worked directly in that growing service sector, is that it was common for those with mental health problems to be off for several weeks, rather than several days.
The cost of 6 counselling or therapy sessions rarely runs to no more than a week’s sick pay, and often people may see a therapist less than the accepted standard of six sessions if dealt with earlier enough.
Having a full-time therapist on your books would be a good move for larger firms, much the same as big corporates and public sectors organisations have in house occupational health.
For all other companies, the next step is to search for, vet and designate an Appointed Therapist.
Your HR leads, Directors and staff can then build a relationship here and ensure employees not only get seen when they are in need of ‘cure’ but also engage with staff before things get more serious.
Prevention as we know is better than cure and therapists can offer drop-in sessions and wellbeing events and seminars (online during lockdown) to enhance the wellness of your staff.
I would imagine your company has an appointed security company to check your alarms and contracted plumbing and heating firm to keep your building free from leaks and warm in these cold days of winter.
With staff wellbeing high on the agenda, is it time you searched for and got your company an Appointed Therapist, there on call for when you and your team need them?
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