Mind responds to Deloitte report on workplace wellbeing

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 Mind

Deloitte UK has released a report which shows the £45 billion cost of poor mental health to employers - up 16 per cent since 2016.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind said:

“Smart, forward-thinking employers are investing in staff wellbeing, and those who do tend to save money in the long run. This report shows the link between prioritising staff wellbeing and improved loyalty and productivity; and decreased sickness absence and resignations.

"However it also shows a rise in 'presenteeism' – unwell staff spending unproductive hours at work rather than taking time off. As presenteeism costs three times more than sick leave, we need to look at supporting employers to change the culture so their staff feel able to take time off when they are unwell.

"The Government must also play their part by improving the definition of disability under the Equality Act, so more people with mental health problems can benefit from its rights and protections, as well as increasing the amount of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) staff receive when they’re off sick. Employers can access resources to help prevent poor mental health and promote wellbeing through the Mental Health at Work Commitment.”

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