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Illness, Disability and Mental Health

The term “Long Covid” is becoming more and more common, due to the impact of the Covid-19 virus and of course the emerging variants such as Delta, we are seeing increasing cases of individuals complaining of ongoing conditions for as long as 8-12 months.

With this in mind, I would like you to ask yourself a couple of questions, do you have employees in your business who have high levels of absence? Do you have employees who are undergoing absence management processes in order to either have them return to the office or to leave the business?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then read on. If the answer is no, then you have been lucky because absence is one of the highest expenses which we have as business owners and leaders.

In fact, a recent report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified that ill health and work-related injury cost the UK over £16.2 billon in the periods of 2019 – 2020, this is the equivalent of 38 million working days.

This blog post is not about long covid, but instead its about recognising the impact that ill health can have not only on your business but on your employee’s mental health. You see when someone is off work for a long period of time, there is a heightened level of anxiety about returning. They are scared, nervous that they won’t be accepted, that the role they were in has changed substantially and even that they aren’t welcome anymore by their fellow co-workers.

To combat this, it is imperative that as an organisation you have effective mental health and wellbeing strategies in place, that your managers, supervisors and team leaders are fully confident in signposting and addressing mental health conditions. More importantly, its crucial for your employees to know that they have a safe, secure and caring working environment.

To help businesses provide their employees with the skills required, RBHR now deliver Mental Health First Aid training courses. These courses range from basic awareness through to supervising first aid and are delivered by our in-house consultant. By working with us, we are able to equip your managers and supervisors with the right tools in their toolbox, ensuring that your business is at the forefront of mental health and wellbeing practice and that your employees return back to work feeling focused, refreshed, and welcome, not anxious.

For more information on our Mental Health training courses, or even to find out how we can help you implement a wellbeing strategy or manage your absences then call us on 01935 411191 or email through the button below.

By working together, we can provide the best environment for you and your teams ensuring your business is always at the forefront of success.


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