Woking Works supports wellbeing in the workplace. There is a wealth of information available to managers and employees of SME's in Woking.
Most adults spend a large proportion of their waking lives at work. Work can be highly beneficial to wellbeing but can also cause or contribute to poor mental health. All organisations, be they large or small, charitable or not-for-profit, can take steps to improve the wellbeing of their employees at work.
The case for investing in workplace wellbeing is all the stronger because the positive impact is not only felt by employees but also by employers. Employees be healthier, less stressed and more motivated but also organisations will have higher productivity, with fewer absences, lower staff turnover, and higher profits and performance.
An estimate of the cost of mental health-related absence to UK Employers is approximately £7.9bn (Deloitte, 2017). Figures for 2018/19 from the UK Labour Force Survey showed that 602,000 people reported they were experiencing work-related stress, anxiety or depression.
Support with creating a mentally healthy workplace
If you would like to understand how your organisation can support mental health in the workplace: there is a wealth of information available at https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/
The Mental Health at Work Commitment Standards are a great way for organisations who are interested in promoting mental health at work to learn about how to start. The framework equips employers which evidence-based standards for best practice.
Support for those within your workforce with wellbeing challenges
Woking Mind will no longer be operating after August 22, but there are numerous other local support groups, including peer support, talking therapies, and creative and youth groups. For an up-to-date list, see https://wokingmind.org.uk/information/other-helpful-organisations/
Resources are also available at https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/mental-wellbeing
Catalyst is a not for profit organisation, providing a range of services and support for people in Surrey. Three main areas to support your employees are; Mental Health and Wellbeing, Drug & Alcohol and Specialist Outreach.
For more information about Catalyst and the mental health and wellbeing services available, visit: www.catalystsupport.org.uk or email [email protected]
Please note that Woking Mind has now closed.
Visit the national Mind website for any information and advice on a range of mental health topics at www.mind.org.uk. You may also find other local Minds by visiting www.mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds.
Our peer support groups, drop-in support and Shifa (Asian Women’s support) services are being transferred to Catalyst from 1st August onwards.
For more information about these services, please visit the Catalyst website at www.catalystsupport.org.uk, call 01483 590150 or you can subscribe to their newsletter by visiting: www.catalystsupport.org.uk/sign-up