The modern workplace should be a place where everybody can thrive. Yet, in this age of hyper-connectivity, we are struggling more than we ever have. Burnout, stress and anxiety are all on the rise. Measures and practices need to be in place to support wellbeing at work. There is also a strong business case for doing so. Addressing wellbeing at work increases productivity by as much as 12% (The University of Warwick). Ultimately, when we have good mental health, we have a sense of purpose and the ability to deal with the challenges that happen around us.
The future workplace is also set to change more and at a faster speed than ever before. An essential skill during the 4th industrial revolution will be the ability to see change not as a burden but as an opportunity to grow and innovate. We all need to learn how to become more resilient – and luckily it is a skill we can all develop.
Nearly half of workers say that their workplace has a negative impact on their mental health. (Fishbowl)
1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year. (Mind)
At any given time, 1 in 6 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health. (Mind)
In 2018/19 stress, depression or anxiety were responsible for 44% of all cases of work-related ill health and 54% of all working days lost due to health issues in the UK. (MHFA)
1 in 5 people take a day off due to stress. Yet 90% of these people cited a different reason for their absence. (MHFA)
Every year it costs businesses £13400 per employee whose mental health needs are unsupported. (MHFA)
73% of working professionals report being burnt out. (blind)