Companies House Health and Wellbeing Team
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We have always been committed to the wellbeing of our people, however, in November 2017 we experienced a spike in employee absence rates. Analysis of the data revealed our main cause of absence was mental health equating to over 22% of the total days lost, resulting in an average of 155 lost days per month, a quantifiable monetary amount of £221,000 pa. Companies House has an ageing workforce and the HRBP team were feeding back that they were also experiencing a rise in casework associated with mental health issues such as stress and anxiety.
We benchmarked through staff consultation using the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index and, in conjunction with MIND, developed an action plan highlighting our priorities to:
- Raise awareness and breakdown the barriers around mental health, by improving staff knowledge and understanding.
- Ensure that a variety of support, resources and information is available to all staff, so that they understand how to take care of their mental health and feel supported.
- Provide specific training to managers to recognise and support staff with mental health issues.
The Health and Wellbeing team worked diligently to achieve these objectives and through their completion have gained external accreditation and positive feedback from staff.