Inspire Q2 2018
Health and wellbeing news from The Health Insurance Group
Welcome to the first edition of Inspire, our new quarterly newsletter, designed to keep you informed about the issues that could be relevant to your business.
This quarter is all about creating awareness around mental health, as well as tips on how you can help support any employees who are impacted by mental health issues.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the new governing legislation that brings in more stringent requirements in how companies protect, store, process and manage personal data entrusted to them.
If your organisation does not comply with these changes by 25 May, you will face consequences which could include heavy fines.
One in four people in England will have a mental health condition in their lifetime. In 2014 one in six adults in England had a common mental health disorder in the previous week and of those around half were experiencing more severe symptoms1.
This represents a significant proportion of the working age population, so this is not an issue that employers can afford to ignore.
Good mental health should be a key priority for every employer. Showing that you treat your employees well is a good business strategy. It helps attract the right people to your business and also demonstrates to customers and clients that you are an ethical business; a very effective marketing strategy.
Starting to build a mentally healthy workplace should not be difficult, or expensive to do. Here are some easy and practical steps that an employer can take:
One in six of us is expected to experience a common mental health problem at some point. So how can we protect ourselves against poor mental health at work?
The New Economics Foundation has done some research on how we improve wellbeing and mental health and they have come up with ‘Five ways to wellbeing’, an evidence-based set of actions we can all adopt.