The impact of mental health at work

The statistic below says it all: 70% of companies say that stress related absence has either increased or stayed the same in the last year. This shows that the reactive approaches currently employed are not working. Instead we need proactive psychological help for workforces cope with ever increasing demands, both in volume of work and targets.

Increase in stress at work


The first signs of stress at work may be the odd day off sick. Then some of the other signs listed below are likely to appear if the stress continues.

Signs that staff may not be coping

 ·       Absenteeism due to stress or illness

·       Lower performance

·       Poorer engagement and motivation

·       Lower job satisfaction

·       Less commitment

·       Diffusion of responsibility

·       Dependence on others

·       Overweight, smoker, drinker

·       Low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence

·       Low social confidence - fear of speaking to groups or on the phone

Financial impact of mental health at work

There are many knock on effects when someone is struggling at work, which on the face of it don’t appear to be substantial, but infact the impact can be huge. Consider some of these points:

cost of mental health in the workplace.png
  • Line managers additional time spent more closely managing and caring for an individual struggling

  • Identifying additional resource to cover workload not being coped with

  • Contract staff or cover staff taking on the workload of those off sick. If other staff are covering, that means that their work is not being completed….it all impacts productivity

  • Finding replacement staff - recruitment costs can be the equivalent 6-9 months of a years salary, when you take in to account reviewing CVs, interviewing, on boarding and training.

  • Providing long term sick leave and occupational support

Overcome mental health problems in business

The Thrive Programme is a proactive approach - a psychological training programme to teach people how to cope and not generate stress.

Thriving people have a unique skillset that makes them more robust, resilient, and confident. They feel powerful and more in control of their lives. In addition, they are less prone to stress, anxiety or depression and they generally live longer and are happier.

 Thriving people find it easier to be socially confident, take more responsibility for their physical and mental health and live a more positive and active life. They are therefore both mentally and physically fitter through life. People who thrive do still have unhelpful thoughts (occasionally) but they are very good at managing their thinking, so it doesn’t impact them negatively.

 People with these aptitudes will be adaptable, positive, use initiative and feel confident to be able to seize challenges and opportunities. In addition, they will take responsibility for themselves, have a solid work ethic, be able to cope with pressurised situations and are less likely to get sick. All these competencies will positively impact workforce productivity, department collaboration and ability to adapt to change. 


A thriving business will have:

·       less absence

·       reduced risk of long-term sickness (mental health being the top cause)

·       increased productivity with staff who can cope, are positive and not anxious

·       reduced presenteeism (currently estimated at costing £4000 per person per year)

·       reduced risk of having to replace staff (recruitment costs currently estimated at 6-9 months of an individual’s salary)


Key indicators for progress throughout the programme are scores for self-esteem, social confidence and sense of power and control. These quizzes are conducted at the beginning and end of the programme.

If you would like to find out more, then please get in touch: