The Importance of Wellbeing in the Workplace
Mental ill-health, including stress, depression and anxiety, is thought to be responsible for 91 million lost working days each year – more than any other illness. (source: Acas)
Mental health problems in the UK workforce cost employers £34.9 billion each year, according to research published by the Centre for Mental Health. Research conducted by Deloitte found that the return on investment of workplace mental health interventions is overwhelmingly positive, with an average ROI of 4:1.
The growth in awareness of mental health has proven that mental wellbeing is equally as important as physical health. Whether work is causing the health issue or aggravating it, employers have a duty of care to help their employees.
Positive wellbeing has benefits for both employees and employers alike which can significantly impact the culture, perception and overall success of an organisation.
Canine workplace wellbeing sessions have a hugely positive impact on mental health in the workplace and can help:
Reduce absenteeism and staff turnover
Improve office morale
Contribute to positive decision making
“At any one time, one in five working people will have a mental health difficulty. Many will never get any help. Some end up losing their jobs while for others being at work is an important part of recovering from a mental health problem….. Employers that take steps to support mental health at work will benefit from a more productive, happy and loyal workforce. Those that ignore the issue, or who undermine the mental health of their staff, risk not only the health of the people that work for them but the wealth of their business and the health of the economy as a whole.” Centre for Health Chief Executive, Sarah Hughes
‘It makes perfect business sense to keep our colleagues as mentally fit and productive as possible’