Call to action for HR, Health & Safety Managers and Business Owners
It is reported that 3 in 10 employees will experience mental health problems during a single year and around 80 million working days are lost each year to stress, depression and anxiety. This is a big problem, that isn’t always noticed or addressed properly.
On the 23rd April 2013 I attended an event lead by Slough Working Well, in partnership with the Slough Business Community Partnership. The event, about “Mental Health and Stress in the Workplace” was hosted by Telefónica UK in their massive offices on the Bath Rd Slough which reminded me of walking through an airport, they even have shops on site.
Rajiv Joshi – Morgan Cole LLP
Helen Wray – Health & Wellbeing Manager, Mars Chocolate
Louisa Mead – TV Health & Safety Group
Bill Campbell – Slough Borough Council
Slough Trading Estate is the largest industrial estate in single private ownership in Europe. There are over 600 buildings. Comedian Jimmy Carr grew up in Slough in the 1970’s. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant gut-wrenching agony TV show The Office was situated in Slough, Berkshire’s second-largest town.
The Proud to be Slough campaign claims Slough contributes £8bn to the national economy – double the national average – making it the UK’s third most productive town outside London. It can also claim to be one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse places, with large Asian, Afro-Caribbean and eastern European communities living there.
Last year I met with Fiona Margaret Mactaggart Labour Party MP for Slough since 1997. She is passionate about the employment of local residents. http://www.slough.gov.uk/business/ The majority of the Slough working population do not live in Slough. http://www.slough.gov.uk/moderngov/mgAi.aspx?ID=16333
The call to action is for employers to be educated in the devastating effects of stress in the workplace. It speaks perfectly to the need to get a work life balance. ~ Happy employees equal productive employees.
Link to more pictures from the event:-