It was announced today (26th October 2017) in the government’s review “Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers” that mental health sees 300,000 people leave their jobs each year.

The review quantifies how investing in supporting mental health at work is good for business and productivity, as poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an annual cost to the UK economy of between £74 billion and £99 billion.

Unipart Group recognised the importance of this a few years ago and now provides employees with a workplace wellbeing programme called Unipart Workwell.

The programme to date has engaged around a third of all our employees in wellbeing events, including gym and fitness sessions and health checks, expert presentations about heart health and cancer risks, workshops on managing stress and ‘stop smoking’ clinics.

Unipart also rolled out mental health awareness training and created Unipart Cares, an Employee Assistance programme delivered by Validium, a specialist provider in wellbeing advice. This has helped to encourage open conversations about mental health and provide the support available when employees are struggling. The company has also recently hosted a mental health wellbeing at work conference with local businesses, charities and organisations to share best practice.

As a result of the success of their approach to wellbeing, Unipart won the Bupa Wellbeing at Work category at Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards in 2016.