Why millions of working days are lost due to poor mental health


The significant rise in people working from home has led to many experiencing isolation and depression, leading to days where little nothing gets done.
Here, Amanda Knox from Keep Fit Eat Fit explains how employers need to change their attitudes and practices:
“Employers really need to understand and get to grips with all kinds of mental health issues, which have become worse as a result of the COVID pandemic and working from home.
It’s a tough subject and probably most people are affected in some way at some stage in  their lives, but it’s possible to adopt preventative measures before they arise, and support
employees with effective tools and access to services.
“Understanding the causes of mental health issues is imperative for those managing employees, and if you can provide access to things like mindfulness strategies and tools, make sure your staff are not over-stressed and struggling with a heavy workload, and give a listening ear to people who may be having issues with work colleagues or superiors, you are well on the way to creating a happy workforce.”
Amanda adds that “Learning to recognise the signs of problems is vitally important too, so if you are responsible for large numbers of employees you will want to rely on managers to advise you if there are problems that need to be addressed.
“Research shows that mental health problems are now one of the biggest causes of absence, reduced motivation and productivity, so making sure employees have the resources they need to prevent them happening in the first place is key, as well as having a route to help and advice within the company


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