New research from the London School of Economics has revealed that employees who can speak openly about their depression with their managers are more productive than those whose bosses avoid the issue.
Global productivity is slowing despite employees’ countless efforts to find new and innovative ways to unlock extra output from their people.
With so much focus on mental wellbeing, it would be easy to overlook the physical needs of employees and how they are catered for in the workplace.
A few years ago, the First World War slogan ‘keep calm and carry on’ came back into popular use with the discovery of an old war propaganda poster. It went on to become the phrase of the modern era as it adorned home accessories and tourist merchandise and became the foundation for countless new advertising creatives.
As new figures reveal that a third of workplace absenteeism in the UK is mental health related, the subject of employee wellbeing is cast firmly back into the spotlight.
For too long, office workers have been a sedentary bunch and new figures show that old habits die hard.
If people are a company’s greatest asset, it makes sense that far greater consideration should be given to their needs, be that health and wellbeing, investing in skills, unlocking productivity or nurturing talent.