Workplace counselling is a valuable resource for employees across all professional sectors and environments, enabling staff members access to independent, confidential counselling services that are made available to them without cost. This support can be adopted as both short-term and ongoing counselling, depending on how a business chooses to implement it, offering a qualified, non-judgemental mental health resource to benefit employee wellbeing.
Choosing to improve your workplace with staff counselling is an excellent way to enact your duty of care as a business, improving the professional and personal lives of your staff while simultaneously reducing the stigma associated with low mental health in working environments. Benefits extend to the employer too, notably helping to reduce the significant financial costs that poor employee mental health places upon a business.
In 2017, it was estimated that mental health issues within the workplace cost UK employers between £33 billion and £42 billion, costs that largely occur from staff absences and turnover. The individual issues and disorders that prompt these costs can affect any employee. Events such as bereavement and relationship issues occur indiscriminately, as do the development of ongoing affectors like stress and anxiety, all of which can manifest as sick days or, more significantly, as on of the 300,000 employees a year who leave their position due to mental ill-health.
Now, as staff begin adapting to a post-pandemic professional environment, a more substantial pressure is placed upon their mental health, not only due to residual health concerns but also as a result of their extended leave and changing work environments. Despite these challenges, as well as the increasingly well-documented challenges that remote working has upon mental health, only a third of employees claim to have received support from their employer. While workplace counselling has always been beneficial to businesses and staff, the growing need for mental health services suggests it is becoming essential.
Benefits to the Employer
- Increased Productivity In addition to improved mental well-being demonstrably improving productivity, mental ill-health has been shown to decrease productivity.
- Reduced Staff Absences and Turnover A 2010 study demonstrated that employees who have access to staff counselling report 25% to 50% fewer sick days.
- Improved Brand Image Mental health remains greatly underrepresented within both advertising and the workspace, despite employees and customers valuing it.
- Eliminates Mental Health Stigma A significant number of employees continue to feel unable to talk about their mental health at work, often feigning physical symptoms instead.
Benefits to the Employee
- Better Mental Health Workplace counselling has been demonstrated to alleviate depression, stress, and anxiety in the majority of staff.
- Greater Sense of Value More than 90% of those who make use of staff counselling are happy with its benefits and would recommend it to coworkers.
- Happier and More Cooperative Team Mental health issues can both lead to and cause alienation from coworkers, decreasing quality of performance and productivity.
Bristol Counselling and Psychotherapy supports businesses with workplace counselling services. Our counsellors can be hired for a period of six to twelve weeks (or longer if required) with individual employee counselling sessions held either face-to-face, over the phone or online.
To uphold discretion, sessions are not held at a place of work. Instead, they are arranged externally to suit the needs of the employee, taking into account their preferences for time and location
Understanding that it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure a workplace environment conducive to staff well-being, we work with businesses to ensure they are able to meet this expected standard or practice. Our sessions are designed to fit the needs of the employee, prioritising their mental health by seeking to improve their happiness, composure, interpersonal relationships, and sense of value, ultimately restoring their positive identity within the workplace.
Each counsellor working under the Bristol Counselling and Psychotherapy umbrella is a registered member of either the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, the UK Council for Psychotherapy, or the British Psychoanalytic Council.
Counsellors each attend ongoing supervision, hold all relevant insurances, and uphold a strict code of ethics as established by the aforementioned councils and associations. Additionally, in the interest of offering the highest standard counselling service, we continue to undertake professional development courses to expand and improve upon the counselling services we offer.