An independent review commissioned by the Prime Minister” has found that around 300,000 people are leaving their jobs each year due to mental illness, costing employers up to £42 billion annually.
The report, Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers, sets out 40 recommendations for organisations of all sizes, providing a framework for workplace mental health. These include routinely monitoring employee mental health and wellbeing, encouraging open conversations about mental health, and providing employees with good working conditions.
Working conditions undoubtedly have a massive impact on workers’ health, state of mind and ability to work productively. Open plan offies were once hailed as hives of creativity that encourage communication and collaboration, but many have found the resulting noise and lack of privacy more of a hindrance than help. The offie design feature on page 26 highlights how this trend, if done wrong, can actually be detrimental to productivity and wellbeing.
Sometimes a change of scenery can improve your focus and productivity, something Bianca Bass of co-working company LABS knows well. In our interview on page 22, she discusses the shift away from the traditional offie and how flxibility is the key to helping workers and businesses flurish.
It seems businesses must fid the balance between offering staff support when needed, alongside the autonomy to work in a way that’s most conducive to good work and good health.
James Goulding, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org