How Thrive can help you follow the 6 government standards

Over 526,000 workers experienced work-related stress, anxiety or depression, either new or long-standing in 2016/17. This in turn, resulted in a loss of 12.5 million working days.

The leading cause, according to hse.gov, is workload, followed by lack of support, violence or bullying and changes at work. In 2016/17, stress, depression or anxiety accounted for up to 40% of work-relayed ill health cases and 49% of working days lost due to health.

So, what does it take for organisations to make change happen and support mental health? The majority of organisations are aware that by improving the provided supported, the overall cost will be decreased (by increasing employee presentism and decreasing employee absenteeism.) However, some employers may struggle to know where to start!

Only 39% of organisations have policies or systems in place to support employees with common mental health problems. This might be why 8 in 10 employers report no cases of employees disclosing a mental health condition. If there is no support in place, why would anybody come forward? 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lifetimes, now as a line manager all you would have to do is look at your team and imagine that at least 1 out in 4 of them might be struggling to cope, and that’s a sad fact.

The recent Thriving at Work review by Stevenson and Farmer has given employers some clear guidelines in 2018, which may be what is needed to move forward. Every organisation should aim to follow the 6 standards described in the review. Thrive can help any size organisation with these standards making it much easier, effective and simple to meet them.

The standards and how we can help:

1. Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan.

Plans should include elements to support people with mental health problems and enable them to seek appropriate help as soon as possible. Thrive can help with the implementation of the plan as it can act as a hub from where the individual can find the right support

2. Develop mental health awareness among employees

The key activity to meet this standard is to make tools, information and support easily accessible. The app provides all of this at the touch of a button. Helping people understand mental health conditions and signposting to other support that employers have available.

3. Encourage open conversations about mental health

This is about reducing stigma and openly discussing issues. It Is about making adjustments and having open conversations about mental health. The app is for the whole workforce and introduces a common language to discuss mental health.

4. Provide employees with good working conditions

The key here is ensuring a good work/life balance and healthy working conditions. As well as providing opportunities for development. We can help identify the factors creating stress at work, giving actionable insights that can improve the working environment.

5. Promote effective people management

This is about making sure managers are comfortable and skilled in having regular conversations with employees about health and wellbeing. The content in Thrive can help to make it easier for managers to have these regular conversations.

6. Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing

In this standard, the employer must set up data gathering methods that will identify risk factors, rates of mental health conditions, rates of recovery, duration of episodes and other key indicators. We gather all of that information and produce anonymised reports that can be part of the data used to meet this standard. 

The new core standards taken together are a clear way in which organisations can improve the mental wellbeing of employees and represent a great opportunities for those companies that adopt them. To see how Thrive can help you support your staff, visit thrive.uk.com/solutions