More companies should consider devising a mental health strategy for workers, according to a health insurance firm.
Naomi Thompson, head of organisational development at Benenden Health, a private healthcare mutual society, said recent research by the company found that as many as 42 per cent of businesses have seen an employee leave the business because their wellbeing was not being supported well enough by their employer.
Thompson stated that 57 per cent of employees surveyed said a supportive mental wellbeing policy would increase their likelihood of joining a business and 54 per cent of employees indicated that a lack of support for mental wellbeing would lead them to seek alternative employment. This showed that businesses should ensure they have "an appropriate and effective policy in place is vital to recruiting and retaining the best talent whilst keeping productivity levels high within the business".
She added: “A personalised approach to building your strategy will need to be adopted to tend to the needs of employees’ different life circumstances. For example, ensure that the right support is available for all different age groups within your organisation – younger employees may value support and advice around their finances, whereas older workers may find measures that alleviate loneliness a real benefit to them.
"The most successful wellbeing programmes are those that recognise the workforce is ever-changing and diverse. Failure to do this can negatively impact engagement and productivity.”
She concluded: “To deliver an effective mental wellbeing policy, the change that must be made is attitudinal. It would appear that many employees have invested time and infrastructure into a variety of measures designed to promote better mental wellbeing.”