In 2017/18, there were 15.4 million working days lost due to cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety; this equates to an average of 25.8 days per case. During the same year, stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases.  The human and organisational cost of not addressing these issues is extremely high.
What are the 5 Ways to improve mental health in your organisation?
Have people working on improvement projects not just their day job
Only 35% of employees are highly engaged in their jobs.  Boredom and meaningless work cause anxiety and depression as much as highly stressed work. Active engagement in improvement projects can make a huge difference to mental health. This excellent blog from the Post-Lean Institute shows the correlation between involvement and improvement, employee engagement and lean.
Allow creativity in the organisation
Studies have shown that creating a collaborative space free of judgment or failure can make an ideal environment for people to improve self-esteem, confidence, and creativity. A tool such as Improv can help your organisation:
- Boost well-being, resulting in reduced absences and conflict
- Increase the ability for teams to self-manage issues and opportunities
- Enhance the ability to generate innovative ideas around your own service or the process, leading to better customer experience and/or reduced costs