Employers Guide to Physchological Support

The psychological wellbeing of staff isn’t just an emotive responsibility, it can also increase profitability:

For every 80p spent on health promotion and intervention programmes, £4 can be saved due to reduced absenteeism, temporary staff, presenteeism and improved motivation.  (The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion – sourced: International Stress Management Association UK, 2011).

A literature and case study review by PwC found a return on investment, in terms of a benefit-cost ratio for wellness programmes of £4.17 for every £1 spent.  (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 2008, Building a Case for Wellness).

RESOURCES

The ACAS research paper Management of Mental Health at Work includes the following points, or click HERE for the full report.

This year SPVS have launched the Wellbeing Awards in partnership with the RCVS Mind Matters initiative, to recognise and celebrate practices who look after the wellbeing of their staff.  They have created a Wellbeing Checklist as a tool for practices to audit their efforts.

RCVS Mindmatters and the VPMA have launched a new ‘Mental Health for Managers’ course.  Click HERE for more details.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)– Did you know? In Australia, which has a high rate of suicide, they are training all public facing members of staff in MHFA to pick up on the signs that someone is suffering from poor mental health.  RCVS Mindmatters and BSAVA are running mental health first aid courses for veterinary teams, click here.  Or contact MHFA England

The National Institute of Mental Health in the US has a good blog on what to do as a business/practice senior when an employee is suffering from poor mental health.  Click HERE

Create a Culture of Kindness – it might sound naff, but when effectively built into practice life mutual kindness can lift the whole workforce to feel supported work more effectively.  But HOW?  How can we change behaviours to lead to better culture?  Here’s a great infographic from the Australian group Learning Fundamentals:

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