The pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture in the UK is perhaps the biggest and most pressing challenge to the mental health of the general population.
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 their mental well-being.
One in six of us will experience a mental health problem in any given week, and our mental health awareness day 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.
Practical Strategies for Individuals
Rather than trying to convert you to a vegan eating, gym obsessed, mindful meditational fascist, we provide practical strategies to move the life dial slightly over from the "work" towards the "balance".
Each plan is personally unique to you, geared towards your own circumstances.
Employee Wellness Plans for Corporates
Wellness is HR’s new watchword.
Some call it workplace wellness, others corporate wellness, but at its core the meaning is consistent.
A wellness programme is a workplace initiative or organisational policy that’s designed to support and promote the health of employees. This could be anything from encouraging healthy dietary choices, to flexible working policies.
Such programmes are becoming an increasingly important part of the overall employee experience. This is down to a combination of state intervention – such as the Government’s recent Thriving at Work report and the latest regulations introduced for employment in the gig economy – and a heightened awareness of issues around health.
As well as the more obvious areas of wellness – such as physical – employers are now realising their responsibility in their people’s financial, mental, and emotional wellness.
Put together, these pillars support high levels of employee engagement while fostering a workforce where people are committed to achieving organisational success.
It's a old saying in the fitness industry that if you want to get in great shape, start in the kitchen.
We say if you're going to start in the kitchen you should try out some simple and very effective strategies about what to do when you're there if you want to stay in great physical and mental shape.