Written on 28 April, 2020

It is estimated that one in four people in the UK will experience poor mental health every year. Nonetheless, for some companies, mental health in the workplace is still often typically perceived as nothing more than the elephant in the room. Employees don’t feel able to open up to their managers when struggling with their mental health for fear of being stigmatised or discriminated against, undoubtedly resulting in them suffering in silence.

Thankfully, this is becoming less frequent as employers are going to great lengths to raise awareness and normalise conversations on mental health proactively debunking any common misconceptions employees may have. Put simply, workplaces that are open and supportive benefit the employer but more importantly the employees and Surrey Translation Bureau (STB) is no exception to this.

Mental wellbeing at STB

STB has adopted a plethora of different strategies to help manage wellbeing in the workplace which include promoting wellbeing for all STB employees and supporting them experiencing mental health issues at any time. It goes without saying that staff wellbeing is at the heart of STB so much so that there are two fully trained Mental Health First Aid Champions. Essentially, they function as points of contact and are responsible for promoting healthy minds across the entire workplace.

It is vital that all employees are aware of how and where to access support. STB employees are regularly signposted – through internal communication channels such as email and posters – to hints and tips for boosting overall personal wellbeing. In addition, they can have access to an Employee Assistance Programme in which they can seek free and confidential advice on work and personal issues alike.

Mental wellbeing challenges in these difficult times

The talk around mental wellbeing has gained further momentum in the last year with many of us working in isolation or in not-so-ideal workspaces. There is also an increased anxiety around physical wellbeing, financial security and professional growth. At STB, we have created a guide about remote working that emphasises the importance of clear and regular communication. It also encourages many positive actions, including having a set routine and workstation, dressing up for the workday and doing some relaxing activities such as meditation.

When it comes to mental wellbeing, there isn’t one solution that works for everyone but at STB, employees are supported and a culture has been fostered where mental wellbeing can be openly discussed and cared for.

Written by Ruth Parkin