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As an employer, it’s highly likely that at some point in your career one or more of your employees will experience mental health issues, such as depression, stress or anxiety. You only need to look at the recent statistics - The Mental Health at Work Report 2018 says that 1 in 3 of the UK workforce have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in their lives.

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Right now, 1 in 6 UK employees are fighting mental health conditions, such as stress, anxiety or depression. As a manager and a person, it's well in your interest to understand and proactively support colleagues who are struggling.

For us at Breathe, this isn't really news. We put our people first and know that, just like a singleton in search of 'the one', if you can't love yourself, you can't expect to love anyone else. So, calling all line-managers, HR consultants, specialists and CEOs; we believe that supporting mental health in the workplace starts with you.

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In 2018, stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 44% of all health-related cases and 57% of all working days lost due to ill health.

Thankfully, it's managers like you - the ones reading this post - who will help us defeat the stigma around workplace mental ill-health and improve our relationship and attitude to work.

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Employee health and wellbeing is a vital weapon for any successful company. Your staff are people and we believe that putting them first helps to inspire productive and smart work.

Start on the inside and you'll soon see it's the secret to navigating your company goals as well as an intrinsic part of running any organisation. Not only is it morally imperative, but it makes good business sense too.

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Employee health and wellbeing could be the answer to your business woes. As UK-fitness trends are on the rise, more people are ditching the doughnuts and running off modern-day stressors by committing to move more.

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Whether you work for a business or you own one, it’s more than likely that you’ve groaned at the mention of ‘health and safety’ at least once in the past.

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As a business owner or manager, it’s your job to ensure your staff are working in a safe and secure environment. Thinking about health and safety isn’t an optional extra, it’s a legal requirement, and it's vital to ensure accident prevention during the day-to-day running of your business. If you have less than five employees, you don’t need to have a written health and safety policy. However, it’s good practice to have one in place, especially if your business is expanding and you’re likely to take on more staff in the future. So how do you go about writing one?

In this article we break the process down into simple, digestible steps to make writing a health and safety policy a breeze.

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We all know that exercise is good for the body, mind and soul. But is it good for business? What with work, family, eating right, getting enough sleep and down-time, exercise is normally the first to slip off our treadmill of tasks.

Here's 10 reasons why you need to invest in an office fitness regime:

  • Satisfy employees
  • Improve sleep
  • Manage stress
  • Prevent absenteeism
  • Prevent presenteeism
  • Improve employee retention
  • Cut health care costs
  • Increase brain power
  • Team building
  • Employee engagement
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Employee satisfaction surveys are a great way to discover whether your company culture is thriving or merely surviving. If they’re conducted anonymously, they give your staff the chance to say what they really think without fear of being reprimanded or discriminated against.

But what questions should you ask employees to herald the best results? We've done the hard work for you. Don't worry, you can thank us later.

  • Role value
  • Tools for the job
  • Manager support
  • Team pride
  • Goal understanding
  • Personal support
  • Common goal
  • Company pride
  • Work-life balance
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Company culture is something that is being increasingly highlighted as a crucial element of a business strategy, and our research shows that getting it wrong can be an expensive mistake.

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