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Employees’ Mental Wellbeing Needs to Top the Agenda
Press Releases | 20th November 2014

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Thursday, 20th November 2014

Employees’ Mental Wellbeing Needs to Top the Agenda

Companies that prioritise employees’ mental health are more productive and have lower levels of absenteeism amongst staff.  That’s according to the Irish social enterprise, MyMind, which held an event to launch its ‘MyMind at Work’ initiative today (20.11.14).

The initiative works with companies to enhance staff resilience and emotional wellbeing.  All services are delivered by MyMind’s professional team of psychologists and psychotherapists, and topics covered include mindfulness, interpersonal communication, and achieving a work-life balance.

Commenting today, Tess Brady, Project Manager for ‘My Mind at Work’, said: “Research shows that productivity is negatively affected when employee wellbeing is low.  In fact, 50 to 60 per cent of all lost working days can be attributed to work-related stress.

“However, most companies have not yet made positive mental health a priority.  Over half of European workers report that stress is common in their workplace.

“It is clear that employers who proactively address this issue will benefit in terms of increased productivity and profitability, as well as cultivating a happier and healthier work environment.  ‘MyMind at Work’ has been specifically developed to address workplace issues and to support companies in ensuring their employees have the best possible work environment.  Through talks, seminars and workshops, the initiative helps to develop mental fitness; and gives employees the tools they need to better manage stress, and to promote resilience and wellbeing.

“To date, we have found that larger, multinational companies are more attuned to the issue of workplace stress, and more likely to avail of the ‘MyMind at Work’ service,” said Tess Brady.  “However, we know that similar issues are prevalent in workplaces of all sizes, and we believe SMEs can really improve their operations by focusing on this issue.  It means they not only become a great place to work – with high levels of job satisfaction – but also helps them achieve better results.

“This morning’s showcase is aimed at raising our profile amongst Irish businesses, and spreading the word that companies that prioritise employees’ mental health gain a competitive edge.”

Four Steps to Promoting Wellbeing at Work

MyMind recommends the following tips for employers who want to ensure their staff enjoy positive mental health at work:

  1. Communicate: check in with members of your team regularly to see how they are feeling. Ensuring open lines of communication will create a culture where problems can be addressed before they become too big.
  2. Have an ‘open-door’ policy: if an employee does mention or suggest that they may be experiencing some challenges, make yourself available to listen. Even knowing that they have a manager they can approach if they’re not feeling great can help ease an employee’s symptoms of stress.
  3. Understand where the stress is coming from: taking the time to find out exactly what is causing stress for an individual can help a manager discover the solution to that issue.
  4. Remember that a happy workplace is a more productive workplace: research shows that a happy, positive mindset is more productive than one that is neutral or stressed. Create an inclusive workplace where colleagues are encouraged to spend time together socially.

Further information about ‘MyMind at Work’ can be found at: www.mymind.org, or by emailing: office@mymind.org.

ENDS

Contact: Emily Kelly / Emily Brennan, DHR Communications. Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-9759248 / 086-1658629

Notes to Editors:

Founded in 2006, MyMind was established to improve the accessibility and affordability of mental health services by giving access to a multidisciplinary team of professionals in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.  The organisation offers a range of services, including one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy, online support and workplace programmes.  Since its establishment, MyMind has been awarded Arthur Guinness funding in the ‘Take-Off Category’; the Change Nation ‘Change Maker’ award in 2012; and the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland ‘Impact Award’ in 2013.