How to Protect Workers’ Mental Health

June 7, 2022

By Damian Phillips

Failing to implement steps to protect workers’ mental health can drastically affect an employer’s performance, with studies showing that stressed workers are significantly less productive and that poor mental health is generally the leading cause of lost working days in the UK.

Whilst more and more businesses are now placing a greater focus on fostering a healthy working environment where workers’ mental health is prioritised, many can still do more.

What can negatively affect workers’ mental health?

  • Unrealistic demands from senior staff, such as an unreasonable workload and undue pressure to meet deadlines;

  • Lack of support and training to properly perform a role;

  • Failure to appropriately remunerate workers commensurate to their experience and effort;

  • Poor communication and a lack of transparency from management;

  • Feeling under appreciated by a lack of opportunity for promotion.

What steps can employers take to protect workers’ mental health?

  •  Encourage open and honest dialogue with workers to properly understand any issues they may be facing in their role. In doing so, employers can determine how to provide the necessary support in managing issues affecting workers’ mental health. Research has shown that workers who feel that their voice is heard are over 4 times more likely to perform their best work.

  • Ensuring workers have a sensible work-life balance by not expecting them to work long hours, setting unrealistic expectations or allocating an excessive amount of work to any one individual. Employers should also ensure that workers feel able to (and do) take their allotted annual leave.

  • Implementing different ways of working, for example by allowing workers to follow a hybrid model of office based and remote working, minimising potential stressors for workers including the need to commute each day.

  • Consider conducting periodic surveys to establish ways and means of improving workers’ experiences at work. Consultation with workers is key to creating a happy workforce.

Please get in touch with Damian Phillips on 02920 829 126 or dphillips@darwingray.com for a free, no-obligation chat about the above.

Contact Our Team
Bríd Price
Solicitor
View Profile
Damian Phillips
Partner
View Profile
Fflur Jones
Managing Partner
View Profile
Fiona Sinclair
HR Consultant
View Profile
Heledd Evans
Trainee Solicitor
View Profile
Nicole Brendel
Solicitor
View Profile
Owen John
Partner
View Profile
Rachel Ford-Evans
Senior Associate
View Profile
Seren Trigg
HR Consultant
View Profile

I have worked with Darwin Gray for a number of years and the level of service, professionalism and timely response is second to none. I would highly recommend Darwin Gray to any business.”

Becs Beslee, Dice FM Ltd

Darwin Gray have provided us with a first-class service for many years now. They really take the time to understand our business and develop relationships which results in advice and support that is contextualised and effective.”

Rebecca Cooper, ACT Training

We have worked with Darwin Gray for several years and have always found their services and advice to be first class.”

Karen Gale, Stepping Stones Group

An extremely professional and sincere company who make time for your queries and understand the need to break down certain facts and information to ensure everything is understood perfectly. I would highly recommend the company to anyone looking for any type of legal advice”

Gwawr Booth, Portal Training Ltd

PSS has worked with Darwin Gray for many years. We have always received an excellent service. Prompt and professional advice and support.”

Ledia Shabani, Property Support Services UK Ltd

We have used several departments within DG recently and we have been very pleased with an effective, efficient and down to earth service. Very happy thus far and I expect that we will continue to use DG.”

Guto Bebb, Farmers’ Union of Wales

Darwin Gray offer us truly superb services. Very professional, quick and services available bilingually which is very important to us, highly recommend.”

Iwan Hywel, Mentrau Iaith Cymru

My “go to” in urgent and time sensitive cases for direction, support and advice. The team are quick to respond to calls or emails for advice and support on all matters. Always explain complex matters in a way a lay person can easily understand.”

Margot Adams, Guarding UK Ltd