Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing in Business in Cornwall and Devon

Presenteesim, stress at work, mental health and wellbeing and long term sickness help in Truro, Falmouth, St. Austell, Exeter and across Cornwall and Devon.

What does thriving in the workplace mean to you?

Think about someone that you view as thriving……..what qualities, skills and abilties do they have?

Perhaps you are thinking of some of these:

  • positive

  • confident

  • able to take on challenges with apparent ease

  • relaxed in most situations

  • high self-esteem

  • socially confident

  • maintains perspective

Wouldn’t you love to either be that person or have a whole team of people with these characteristics? Think how well your business would work, expand, manage through challenging times. Essentially you would have thriving people and a thriving business.

This is what The Thrive Programme can acheive.

Intervention helps improve mental wellbeing in the workforce

Research has shown that active intervention has benefited companies – benefiting both the staff and productivity.

For example, for a company with 500 employees, where all employees undergo intervention, it is estimated that an initial investment of £40,000 will result in a net return of £347,722 in savings. This is mainly due to reduced presenteeism (reduced productivity, due to an employee working while ill) and absenteeism (missing work due to ill health)5.

In addition, findings suggest that those businesses who invest in their employees’ health and wellbeing are reaping the rewards. Of those that offer health and wellbeing benefits, more than three in four (77%) believe this has had a positive impact on the workforce. Employers also report increased happiness levels (41%) among employees with improved morale (32%) and productivity (30%) as a result of having initiatives in place to keep employees healthy6.

The Thrive Programme can improve staff resilience

This short, simple and evidence based training programme teaches staff to understand every aspect of their thinking. This means that they will have clarity on how they create stress and anxiety. Furthermore, the programme gives individuals the tools to improve all their key psychological foundation stones so that they have high self-esteem, social confidence and a strong sense of power and control.

The programme is normally delivered to groups over 2-3 workshops, with additonal one to ones with staff members. The approach is flexible depending upon the needs of your business.  Each participant will have their own workbook to use whilst learning to thrive and a journal so they can continue to focus on thriving objectives beyond the training.

Please contact Ali to find out more and discuss the options and pricing.

Do you have staff who are struggling at work with stress, or problems with long term sickness? Are you struggling to get an individual back to work after many months? Is your business going through lots of change and need the staff to move with you?

If you answered yes to any of these, then The Thrive Programme can help you.

Improve motivation and positivity in the office

Improve motivation and positivity in the office

Benefits The Thrive Programme Can bring your business

  • Improved resilience of individual

  • Positive attitude and language

  • More adaptable

  • Reduced sick leave

  • Reduced presenteesim

  • Reduced risk of having to replace staff

  • Staff coping well with challenging situations and projects

  • Happy staff and office environment 

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Measured outcomes of The Thrive Programme in business are improvements in:

  • Self esteem

  • Social confidence

  • Sense of power and control and coping skills (SPACE)

When you have happy, confidence staff who can cope with challenging situations, projects or people your business will be thriving. In addition, you are much less likely to loose disgruntled or stressed out staff.

The graph to the right here demonstrates the huge effect that completing The Thrive Programme can have on self esteem, SPACE and social confidence. All of which rise from around 15% to 85% in this sample.

How does stress in the workplace affect productivity?

Stress related absence

In this chart it shows that stress relate absence has either increased or stayed the same for 70% of the companies surveyed in the 2018 CIPD Health and Wellbeing at work report. So current interventions and practices, such as stress management training, are not helping or resolving the issue.

The CIPD also reported that:

  • The number one cause of long term absence is mental health in 1/5th of organisations

  • Year on year, surveys are showing a rising culture of ‘presenteeism’ in UK workplaces

  • Leavism is on the up i.e. people taking leave when they are actually ill.

Presenteesim in the UK

It can be difficult to determine the costs of presenteesim. However, New research from Nottingham Business School 2017 claims the average UK employee spends almost two weeks a year at work while ill, costing firms more than £4,000 per person.

In line with the research above, a survey of 300 employees working for a large UK utilities company, reported staff working for an average of 13.09 days while feeling unwell in 2016 – far higher than the reported average annual sickness absence rate of 6.63 days per employee.

Further reports state that the average employee reported functioning at a capacity of 84 per cent on the days they worked while ill, leading to an annual lost productivity cost of £4,058 per person.

Top causes of long term sickness 2018

Top most common causes of long term absence

The table here shows that mental ill health is the top cause of long term absence in all sectors of business.

The numbers to the left show where each category ranked for short term absence. The inference could be that minor illnesses are an indicator of the first signs of stress - in the long term it can lead to mental health issues.

The cost impact of long term sickness is significant:

  • Sick leave costs

  • Covering for work not being completed by the absentee

  • Additional occupational support and management of the individual

  • Addtional management upon return to work

If you then have to replace the member of staff, further costs are incurred. Some studies, such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), predict that every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it costs 6 to 9 months’ salary on average.

For high-turnover, low paying jobs (earining under £30,000 a year) the cost estimate is 16% of annual salary. For example, the cost to replace a £10/hour retail employee would be £3,328.

The CIPD report recommends that businesses:

  • Build a more robust framework to promote good mental health

  • Target well-being activity effectively - currently there is a need of reactive measures but we also need to see more preventative steps to promote good mental well-being

  • Need a more strategic approach to health and well-being at work 

  • Should make a persuasive business case for investing in a healthy culture.

There are lots of very interesting articles covering mental health in the workplace on the BBC website.

Anxiety and stress in the workplace

More data on The Impact of mental health on businesses

Sixty percent of employees have experienced mental health issues in the past year because of work. Almost a third of the workforce have been formally diagnosed with a mental health issue. The most common diagnosis was depression or general anxiety3. More than two in five admit they often feel stressed or anxious at work4.

A report conducted in 2015 from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) estimated the cost of long-term sickness absence (six months or more) at £4.17 billion to private sector businesses in the UK.

Unfortunately, we are a nation of treaters instead of instilling the resilience and right thinking to allow for preventative management. It takes longer to resolve the situation if an individual has reached the tipping point of long term sickness.

Furthermore, companies may have staff welfare at heart but in fact staff may not feel comfortable talking about mental health. In a BBC article in December 2017, a poll of 2,025 UK workers found that only 16% said they would raise the matter with a line manager.

Some of the reasons for not speaking to a line manager may be:

  • Perceived stigmas with mental health

  • Feeling they will be seen as not performing

  • Perceived risk of being demoted or not promoted

  • It may limit their progression or opportunities


  1. Almeida 2005, Resilience and Vulnerability to Daily Stressors Assessed via Diary Methods

  2. Shekelle et al., 1981, Psychological depression and 17-year risk of death from cancer.

  3. National Employee Mental Wellbeing survey in partnership with YouGov 2017.

  4. The Aviva Working Lives report 2017.

  5. Mental Health Foundation report 2016.

  6. The Aviva Working Lives report 2017.


Get in touch for a free initial consultation

If you would like to find out more about how we can help your business, or you would just like to discuss your business challenge to get some advise, please get in touch. I offer a free, no obligation, confidential initial consultation.

Tel: 07730 777752

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Thrive with Ali helps businesses in Falmouth, Truro, St. Austell, Newquay, Helston, Penzance, St. Agnes, Camborne, Redruth, Penryn, Portleven, St. Mawes, The Roseland, Perranporth, St. Ives, Hayle, Portreath, Bodmin, Launceston, Plymouth and Exeter.