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6 Ways Employers Can Help Support Mental Health in the Workplace
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by Savoir Flair 3-minute read February 13, 2022

Fostering good mental health in the workplace has never been more important – yet many employers are still unclear about how they can best support workers. Savoir Flair asks the experts for their advice.

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We’ve all had days when we’ve been stressed at work. But when there’s no clear end to an unmanageable workload – or other issues, such as conflict and communication difficulties, or personal struggles are adding to the pressure – it can easily spiral into bigger mental health problems. Figures suggest that at any given time, one in six of us experience chronic stress, anxiety, or depression at work, while mental health issues are also the biggest cause of absenteeism among staff – costing businesses a whopping AED 63.2 billion per year.

Yet despite what is worryingly being dubbed ‘the world’s growing workplace stress epidemic’, very few workers are actually willing to tell their bosses when they’re struggling, for fear of the consequences. In fact, a recent survey found nearly 40% of people find it hard to talk openly about their mental health.

However, most of us would agree that organizations perform better when their staff are healthy, motivated, and focused – and so it’s in everybody’s interest that leaders and decision makers take steps to support their staff’s mental health and wellbeing. But how can employers help to break down these barriers and address how we view and approach mental health at work? Here’s what the experts say.

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