Helping staff who have mental health issues

Employers could make a number of adjustments to their workplace to benefit staff with mental health issues. This is the suggestion of new guidance published by the Department of Health, which listed good practice on implementing these changes.

According to the report, bosses should have an open and honest conversation with workers about their mental health condition, which will give them a better idea of how such issues impact work and the alterations that may prove beneficial.

It was noted that greater emphasis should be placed on what a person can do rather than what they cannot, while creativity is encouraged when it comes to tailoring the adjustments for specific needs.

New implementations might benefit from being flexible - judging by the episodic nature of some mental health issues - the guidance recommended, adding agreements should be reached whereby the adjustments can be implemented when necessary and revoked when not.