After some inspiring conversations over the last few days I am percolating some ideas about how we raise the game – and help others to do the same, when it comes to mental health at work.
There have been some positive strides forward in the last year or so. The profile of mental health issues has never been higher. More conversation than ever about mental health and well-being. Princes William and Harry championing mental health, celebrity after celebrity talking about their experiences and helping to smash the taboo. But where are the business leaders?
António Horta-Osório, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group has spoken out and helped to drive hugely positive and measurable change within the group- this is fantastic and we need to see far more of this.
Business leaders taking bold, definitive action- action for which, I guarantee, they will reap the rewards.
BITC’s Mental Health at Work 2018 report found that 68% of managers still believe that there are barriers to providing support for the mental wellbeing of those they manage. I believe that breaking down those barriers has to start at the top- in the boardroom.
There has never been a better time for businesses to take action. Now is the time for employers and business owners to do everything that they can to support the mental health of their employees- it is crucial to running a successful, sustainable business.
What do you see as the barriers? Is your business taking action?