On the agenda - NICE encourages wellbeing at work

In a nutshell Employers are being encouraged to promote mental wellbeing at work through productive and healthy working conditions. New guidance released by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence aims to help reduce the estimated 13.7 million working days lost each year because of work-related mental health conditions, which are estimated to cost UK employers about £28.3bn per year at current pay levels.

Working conditions: new guidelines
Working conditions: new guidelines

What else has it suggested?

The guidance highlights how employers and employees can work in partnership to improve mental wellbeing. NICE suggests employers take an organisation-wide approach, such as improved line management and flexible working where appropriate.

What are the benefits?

NICE public health excellence centre director Professor Mike Kelly said: 'By following these recommendations, an average organisation of 1,000 employees can expect to save an estimated £250,000 a year.'

PR strategy

The story was promoted by the NICE internal media team. Media were briefed at a press conference before being sent a press release. Mental health charities MIND and Rethink also sent out supportive statements.

Media coverage

The story was discussed on BBC Breakfast News, regional radio and BBC News 24. It was also featured on the BBC News website and in The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

£28bn - cost to employers of absenteeism due to stress

13.7m - working days lost as a result of mental health conditions

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