What effect will the ‘Thriving at Work’ report have on Mental Health in the workplace?

As you’re probably aware from reading the news in the last few days, on Thursday the 26th of October 2017, the Thriving at Work report commissioned by prime minister Theresa May at the beginning of the year is now complete, and it sets out ways businesses and government can make a combined effort of boosting staff mental health.

Some of the heaviest hitting statistics from this Thriving at Work report were:

  • Poor mental health costs employers £42bn a year
  • The annual cost of poor mental health to the British economy is £99bn.

I know what you must be thinking, this is a huge issue which needs to be tackled now.

The report also reviews how investing in supporting mental health issues in the workplace would be beneficial for both business’s and staff productivity, with the most important lessons to be learned that all employers, no matter the size or industry, must try and enforce six ‘mental health core standards’, these are:

  • Create a mental health at work plan
  • Build mental health awareness by making information and support accessible
  • Encourage open conversations
  • Provide good working conditions and ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance
  • Promote effective people management, with line managers holding regular conversations about health and well-being with their staff
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health

At Understanding ModernGov we think this is a very important issue, particularly when the number of people forced to stop work as a result of mental health problems are 50% higher than for those with physical health conditions.

At a time when there is a national focus on productivity there is an inescapable conclusion, that it is in the interest of both employers and the Government to prioritise and invest far more in improving mental health.

What next?

If the findings in this report have shocked you as much as they’ve shocked us, and you want to take action, we are holding a training day to try and tackle these issues and prepare you moving forward.

Joining us on the day, we have some leading workplace mental health experts, including Emma Mamo, Workplace Wellbeing Lead from Mind, the leading mental health charity, reviewing the impact of the latest mental health review and how employers can benefit from the £67m mental health platform.

From Public Health England we have Luis Guerra, National Programme Manager, who will be offering a strategy on how to create a workplace environment to support and improve mental health.

If you are interested in learning through best practice case-studies from leading experts, you can feel confident that after attending our course you will take innovative strategies back to the office that will enable you to recognise the signs of ill mental health, so you can offer the support that is needed to create healthy workplaces.

How about you?

Have you got a clear mental health strategy in place for your organisation? Have you experienced long term sickness because of poor mental health? Do you have any tips for managers about how they can better support their staff? Tweet us using #UMGTraining @UModernGov

Alternatively, If you would like to talk to member of our team about anything you have read in this blog; including Improving Mental Health in the Workplace on 7th December 2017, please contact us on 0800 542 9440 or email

Do you have a team of staff at your organisation who would benefit from Improving Mental Health in the Workplace training? We also offer this course as a highly flexible In-House training session, delivered direct to your organisation on a date to suit you. Contact our In-House Training team on to find out more.