Supporting mental health

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      At AXA PPP healthcare we understand that every business is different and that the challenges faced by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are not always the same as those faced by larger companies.

      Whilst you have a lower than average sickness absence rate and may already be taking steps to promote wellbeing amongst your employees, there could be an opportunity to review these activities specifically for mental health.

      For example, have you considered how best to foster a culture of understanding and support to encourage employees to be open about any struggles they’re facing and support they might need? AXA PPP healthcare commissioned two sets of research amongst SME employees and employers in 2015 to explore attitudes to mental health at work and the services available.

      We used this insight to develop practical recommendations for small businesses to help turn conversations about mental health at work into actions that employers can take to help promote employee wellbeing.

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    • Recommendations to small businesses


      • Create a positive workplace culture to help employees feel able to talk openly about any support they need.
      • Help employees learn about things they can do to build and maintain good mental health such as taking regular exercise and getting enough sleep.
      • Encourage a healthy work-life balance – ensure that your people take their annual leave and discourage your team from regularly taking work home in the evenings or at weekends
      • Prioritise work and try to ensure unnecessary tasks are eliminated.
      • Encourage a healthy work-life balance – ensure that your people take their annual leave and discourage your team from regularly taking work home in the evenings or at weekends.
      • Keep a regular dialogue with employees to understand the pressures they may be facing.
      • Provide training and support to help give your management confidence to have conversations about mental health with their teams and understand what services there are to support them as managers. For example you may have access to occupational health and an employee assistance programme.
      • Help facilitate a return to work for those who might need time off for mental ill health – keep in regular contact and consider a phased return or part time hours for those that require it, or review workload and tasks.

      Read more on Mind Matters including useful articles.


      pdfDownload the full guide here