Looking after psychological health needs to be adopted at all levels of the organisation and not just by HR, says Iain Fraser.
Although mental wellbeing has been high on the news agenda during the pandemic, it continues to be underestimated as a source of longer-term organisational resilience. For example, few organisations are likely to have drafted mental health risk assessments for their post-pandemic return to ‘normality’ even though the Health and Safety Executive offers a tool to help.
Yet organisations have certainly taken mental health more seriously over the last 15 months of lockdowns, furlough and social distancing restrictions. The response of many companies has been to acquire or regenerate employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and provide access to other outsourced professional wellbeing services or train staff to be mental health first aiders.
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