Supporting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace makes good business sense as it can improve employee engagement, loyalty and productivity. Whether you are a responsible employer or an employee who wants to improve mental health in your workplace, there may be a need to build a business case to convince your colleagues or managers. Some simple facts and figures and suitable resources are set out below which can be utilised to complement your business case.
There is a great deal of evidence that illustrates just how common mental health issues are and how they can have a detrimental effect in the workplace.
Developing the business case may be the start of the journey and lead to the planning and implementation stages of a workplace wellbeing programme.
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