World Mental Health Day

Today, 10th October is World Mental Health Day. There is lots of information these days about mental health and I think there is more awareness now than there ever has been. Whilst lots of establishments are trying to be competitive with pay and think outside of the box to attract staff, one of the ways some places are doing this is by adapting work-life balance policies. According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in 6 people are experiencing current mental health issues. It seems that this can be mostly due to work-related stress which costs Britain 10.4 million working days a year.

To ensure a better work/life balance for the industry some establishments are aiming to be more flexible in their approach. This includes:

  • shorter working weeks such as 4 or even 3 and a half day weeks, a lot of the time the staff are still are working 45-50 hours per week but over a shorter period to give more down time
  • job shares for those with bigger family commitments
  • encourage health-promoting activities such as relaxation classes and allowing staff to attend support sessions during work time as if it was any other medical appointment
  • asking what days off each person prefers, not everyone wants a weekend off
  • provide rotas in advance as much as 3 months so employees know when they need to be working
  • as ensuring holidays are booked so that every employee gets some time off every 3 months to avoid burnout

Hopefully by implementing approaches like the ones mentioned, employees have more motivation and generally a better wellbeing. Is a good work life balance ever going to be something the industry can move towards?

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