Of all the issues facing employers today, mental health in the workplace is one of the most pressing. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the UK is experiencing a workplace mental health crisis, which is why it is important to look into developing a Wellness Action Plan (WAP).
It’s not just about “looking after” staff – addressing mental health and wellbeing makes business sense too. An estimated 70 million working days are lost to mental health issues in the UK each year, while employers suffer increased staff turnover, sickness absence, decreased motivation, and lost productivity.
Change is crucially important – employers must be equipped with the tools to communicate with their staff about mental health issues, and to deal with them when they arise. A well-developed and implemented Wellness Action Plan (WAP) can not only help both employer and employee cope with the effects of mental health problems, but in some cases prevent them having a detrimental effect in the first place.
Wellness Action Plans can help managers understand what is required from them to increase wellbeing or support the individual through the recovery process.
A Wellness Action Plan may help managers identify problems before they escalate, or to tackle them when they appear.
This simple 10-step guide is designed to walk managers through the process of developing a Wellness Action Plan that has a meaningful impact on individuals and the workplace as a whole. We hope you find it useful.
We have also included a Wellness Action Plan template. This is interactive and once downloaded you can type in the fields below the questions. There is also space to write the answers by hand if you wish to print the form.
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