Workplace health and wellbeing
Why workplace health and wellbeing is important
In the UK, 32.5 million working days were lost to work-related ill health in 2019/20. Stress, anxiety and depression were the causes for almost 18 million of these.
Workplaces with positive work culture and structures to support staff often have better health and wellbeing of the workforce. Stressful and unsupportive workplaces can contribute to ill health.
There is a financial and moral business case for investing in employee health and wellbeing. Investing in workplace mental health can have an average return of £5 for every £1 spent.
Barnet Council offers employers and managers free advice and access to useful tools to help protect the wellbeing of your employees.
Visit Barnet's workplace wellbeing hub to find out how you can put a workplace health and wellbeing strategy in place to support your workforce.
Our Public Health team can provide guidance on how best to support your employees and how to make a business case for better workplace health and wellbeing, including how to get involved in the Healthier High Streets schemes.
If you would like to have a conversation or find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide prevention in the workplace
Barnet has collated practical advice and toolkits for employers to help prevent suicide in the workplace. These aim to reduce the stigma around mental health in the workplace and promote help seeking behaviour, and to increase awareness of the support available.
Toolkits for employers and managers
- Business in the Community toolkit for employers
- Mind's wellness Action Plan for line managers
- Get Self Help's staying safe from suicidal thoughts safety plan
- Higher Education post-vention guidance