For almost everyone, the working environment has changed quite dramatically over the last several months. Mental health in the workplace has been a growing concern, but with so many companies adopting a flexible working from home strategy since it proved so effective during lockdown, fresh concerns have arisen. Most alarmingly, that of not being able to identify issues now that fewer people are in the office environment, and therefore no longer visible.

It’s essential that companies and line managers keep in regular contact with WFH employees. But this is hard, unless you know your employees well enough to be able to detect any unease or recognise any signs of concern.

Traditionally, workplaces have a mental health ‘champion’ - someone available to talk to during the working day. But what about when that person isn’t available, or is working from home themselves?

This is perhaps where technology can step in. While video conferencing has been great, and has served as a lifeline for so many people, it can be time and resource consuming, especially if there is only one counsellor available in the company.

That’s why the Better App Company has launched the world’s first, and most powerful, white-label mental health and wellbeing app service, powered by its Better app.

The Better platform is set up, and configured, ready for you to provide your own-branded emotional health and wellbeing app to employees.

An easy-to-use content management system allows you to aggregate wellbeing scores by region, by various groupings, and will also flag any hotspots with consistently low wellbeing scores. There are a multitude of ways to examine the data within the bounds of confidentiality.

You can also add your own content instantly, as required, and by region.

Better for everyone

- Minimum of 500 employees

- £20 a year per employee

- Includes all future feature updates

Contact the Better App Company team to find out more, visit https://www.thebetterappcompany.com/corporate

In the meantime, here are some statistics about mental ill health in the workplace:

 

  • 1 in 6 workers will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time
  • There were 602,000 cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018/19 in Great Britain
  • 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 GB
  • 1 in 5 people take a day off due to stress. Yet, 90% of these people cited a different reason for their absence
  • Presenteeism accounts for 2 times more losses than absences
  • Every year it costs business £1,300 per employee whose mental health needs are unsupported
  • Mental ill health is responsible for 72 million working days lost and costs £34.9 billion each year
  • People with a long-term mental health condition lose their jobs every year at around double the rate of those without a mental health condition. This equates to 300,000 people – the equivalent of the population of Newcastle or Belfast
  • 9% of employees who disclosed mental health issues to their line manager reported being disciplined, dismissed or demoted
  • 69% of UK line managers say that supporting employee wellbeing is a core skill, but only 13% have received mental health training
  • 35% of line managers reported a wish for basic training in common mental health conditions

Source: MHFA England

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