Thriving at Work – The Stevenson / Farmer Report
This thought-provoking independent review of mental health and employers by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer is available from the government at:
Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work.
It includes a detailed analysis that explores the significant cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy as a whole. Poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an annual cost to the UK economy of between £74 billion and £99 billion.
‘Mental Health Core Standards’
The review quantifies how investing in supporting mental health at work is good for business and productivity.
The most important recommendation is that all employers, regardless of size or industry, should adopt 6 ‘mental health core standards’ that lay basic foundations for an approach to workplace mental health.
These 6 core standards are as follows:
- Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan
- Develop mental health awareness among employees
- Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling
- Provide your employees with good working conditions
- Promote effective people management
- Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing.
It also details how large employers and the public sector can develop these standards further through a set of ‘mental health enhanced standards.’ The review also makes a series of recommendations to government and other bodies.
Have a read of the report if you can, it’s a very interesting piece!