Counselling options for a workforce saving businesses millions
October 10 2021
Poor mental health is now the biggest cause of working days lost through sickness and absence and costs employers up to £42 billion a year.
But employee counselling interventions have been found to reduce sickness absence rates in organisations by as much as 50 per cent.
Which is why nearly half of all businesses in the UK are now considering some sort of improvement or addition to their workplace health offering.
Supporting workforces across the UK
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions and changes to working conditions has led to a huge impact on HR teams across the UK and how British employers support their workforce.
We are now working with a number of HR and line managers to ensure employee counselling is available to all those who need it, whether it is over the phone, online, or in person at our Midlands clinics.
Prevention is key
Dr Joe Pearson, Occupational Physician and Medical Director here at My Occ Health, says employers are still focusing on the treatment of mental health issues, rather than bringing in practices to prevent problems arising.
He said: “The number of employees reporting mental health issues continues to rise rapidly and we believe that acknowledgement and early intervention is key – employers do not need to be afraid to be gently proactive.
Counselling options for employees
We have been working with employers for more than 12 years on full support from referral to treatment and recommendations as to how employers support employees returning to work but we have now taken extra steps to meet the needs of your business in 2021.
We are able to offer one to one online counselling for employees without the wait, and it is not only for those employees who are already experiencing mental health issues, it is also for those who may be going through a period of grief or trauma and need support.
The Buddy System
There are many things that can be put in place from counselling to a buddy system, where another team member provides time and is accessible to support another employee returning to work after illness.
As well as supporting staff through difficult periods like grief or personal trauma, we can also provide regular health checks so employees are monitored and any issues can be caught at a really early stage.
You can find out more information about our counselling and talking therapies here: https://www.myocchealth.co.uk/mental-health/