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New report aims to “cut through the noise” of employee mental wellbeing

A new report seeks to “cut through the noise” of employee workplace health to identify what really works.

A wide range of interventions are marketed to support workplace mental health but this makes it difficult for employers to know what works.

The Value of Occupational Health and Human Resources, compiled by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and HR organisation the CIPD, aims to provide evidence-based guidance on how to better manage workplace mental health and wellbeing as well as information on how to design programmes and interventions for organisations.  

Primary level interventions (prevention) covered by the report include identifying root causes e.g. ensuring workload is manageable, adequate support is available, leadership is compassionate, inclusive, and ethical. Training managers to support the wellbeing of their staff and encourage employees to seek help.

Secondary level interventions (support) cover improving people’s ability to cope with challenging aspects of their roles. Effective strategies include helping staff maintain a healthy balance between their work and personal life.

Tertiary level interventions (rehabilitation) encompass treatment and encourage a safe and healthy return to work.  

Dr Kevin Teoh, senior lecturer, and the programme director of the MSc Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London said:

“As more and more organisations recognise the importance of supporting staff mental health and wellbeing it is vital that action here is underpinned by evidence-based practice. In doing so, we need to not only recognise the opportunities and expertise available, but also the limits of one’s competence and abilities.”

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