A review of the CIPD: ‘Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace Report 2020'
What role do employers play in mental health and wellbeing?
Many employers aren’t addressing the deeper organisational factors that adversely impact people’s mental health & wellbeing in the workplace.
The role of leadership within organisations was also highlighted, emphasising ensuring that employee well-being is taken seriously and further integrated into a line manager’s training and guidance. For example, heavy workloads and ‘management style’ are once again the top two causes of stress at work. A huge proportion of respondents (86%) cite the inability to switch off outside of work hours as the main negative impact of technology on employee mental health & wellbeing in the workplace.
There are various methods and tools available to employers that Onebright can help with. An effective well-being programme needs to be specific and based on employee needs, but some elements are prerequisites for success in any organisation.
This includes a senior team that makes a serious and visible commitment to health and well-being. It also means placing good people management at the heart of well-being, ensuring that managers build healthy relationships with their teams and have the courage and competence to support employee mental health.
CIPD found that;
- Just over two-fifths of corporations studied have a well-being strategy that supports their wider organisation strategy (44%, up from 40% in 2019). Still, a similar proportion is much more reactive than proactive (41%, down from 44% in 2019).
- Three-fifths believe that well-being is on senior leaders’ agendas (61%, the same as in 2019).
- Just under three-fifths report that line managers are bought into the importance of well-being (58%, up from 51% in 2019).
Does your company have an employee mental health strategy in place? If not, why?