The Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers

Report: Thriving at work

"Supporting the mental health of workers" Download

This report has found that:

  • The cost to businesses of mental ill health in the retail sector is between £777 and £989 per employee per year
  • Over half of this cost comes from presenteeism – when individuals are less productive due to poor mental health in work
  • Additional costs to employers come from employee sickness absence and staff turnover
  • Investments made by employers in improving mental health show a consistently positive return on investment

Independent review into how employers can better support the mental health their workers

An independent review into how employers can better support the mental health of all people currently in employment including those with mental health problems or poor well-being to
remain in and thrive through work.

This report has revealed that the UK is facing a mental health challenge at work that is much larger than we had thought. Not only is there a big human cost of poor mental health at work, there are also knock on impacts for society, the economy and Government. Employers are losing billions of pounds because employers are less productive, less effective, or off sick.

Using good practice and evidence where it exists, this review sets out a number of mental health core standards that can be adopted across all workplaces at little or no cost. We strongly recommend that change be encouraged by increasing employer transparency – not only internally to their employees, but also across industries and through the public domain.

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