The cumulative effect of increased working hours is having an important effect on the lifestyle of a huge number of people, which is likely to prove damaging to mental well-being. The Mental Health Foundation is concerned that a sizeable group of people are neglecting the factors in their lives that make them resistant or resilient to mental health problems.
One in six of us will experience a mental health problem in any given week, and research this year suggests that a majority of Britons have experienced some kind of mental health problem, with young adults especially open about this when surveyed.
What’s clear then is that in our workplaces and in our circles of friends, there are people living with mental health problems, or just keeping themselves afloat, whether we know it or not. Work related stress already costs Britain 10.4 million working days per year.
The human costs of unmanaged work-related stress extends far beyond this. A key way to protect your mental health against the potential detrimental effects of work related stress is to ensure you have a healthy work-life balance.
How can the workplace help?
The workplace can also contribute to improving work-life balance. Here is how the workplace can help promote the messages about work-life balance to individuals in the workplace:-
Encourage a culture of openness about time constraints and workload. Employees must feel able to speak up if the demands placed on them are too great.
Promote a culture of ‘working smart, not long’.
Ensure that employee’s jobs are manageable within the time for which they are contracted.
Audit their work environments to identify elements of practice, policy or culture that may be detrimental to a healthy work-life balance.
Regularly monitor and evaluate policies against performance indicators such as sickness, absence and improvements in staff satisfaction.
Encourage activities that promote good mental health, for example lunchtime exercise or relaxation classes.
Give better training to managers so that they can spot stress, poor work – life balance and its effects on the individual. They should also be trained to develop better systems to protect everyone in the workplace.
Can you answer these questions?
Are your people getting a good work-life balance?
Are you providing an environment for your employees that encourages them to do their best work?
Are your managers supporting your people and do they also feel supported and developed in their role?
Are you in danger of losing really good people?
Not sure? Well, we can help you to measure, improve and maintain your employees’ attitudes in a way that will work for your organisation and transform your business.
Pro-Development believes that if you want to grow your business, you need to Grow your People. Our vision is to inspire you, your teams and individuals to improve how you work at every level through the engagement and development of your people.
If you would like to know more about how we can help you then please contact us.