Recent research suggests that burnout, mental ill-health and work-related stress are now costing the economy £28bn a year, highlighting the importance of supporting employee well-being in the workplace. We explore the legal obligations of employers to make reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health conditions, provide practical suggestions for creating an inclusive environment and look at ways to address mental health issues in the workplace effectively.
Disability History Month: Mental health in the workplace – Supporting employee well-being
DISABILITY HISTORY MONTH RUNS FROM 16 NOVEMBER TO 16 DECEMBER 2023.
For our second week of articles that spotlight disability issues, we focus on reasonable adjustments that employers can make for employees that suffer from mental health issues.
Mental health in the workplace – Supporting employee well-being
Mental health in the workplace is an increasingly important aspect of employee well-being. In the UK, approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. In this article, we explore reasonable adjustments for mental health in the workplace and guidance available for employers on how to implement them effectively.
Advice for employers
Whilst the legal duty to make reasonable adjustments rests on an employee's condition satisfying the legal definition of disability, good employers will seek to accommodate employees even where they suspect that the individual does not meet this threshold. By careful consideration and supporting employees who request adjustments, employers can create a more supportive and positive workplace culture.
If you need any support or advice on reasonable adjustments for mental health in the workplace, please contact one of our team.
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