A study carried out by mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness found that 83% of employers worry about employing a person with mental health conditions. Their main concern is that the person would not be able to cope with the demands of the job.
68% of the employers were concerned that a person with mental ill-health wouldn’t “fit in” with their team.
These common misconceptions are creating a devastating barrier that is preventing people who are recovering from mental ill-health from returning to the workplace.
The study also found that employers would be more willing to employ people with mental ill-health if there was improved support for employers.
In this blog, we are going to outline how employing a person with mental health conditions can benefit your business.
Hire The Best
Mental health conditions are more common than we may think. Every single year, one in four people in the UK will struggle with a mental health condition. That is 25% of the UK’s population. In England alone, 1 in 6 people will experience a mental health problem in any given week.
If you were to strike people off your list of applicants because of their history with mental ill-health, you would not only be discriminating, you would also be dramatically reducing the talent pool.
Your perfect candidate, with experience in the job role, an array of skills and beliefs that line up with your company mission, might be disregarded simply because of their battle with mental health.
By overlooking a candidate due to their mental health, you are not only adding to the stigma we are fighting so hard to eradicate, but you could also be preventing yourself from hiring the best person for the job.
If you are willing to employ a person recovering from mental ill-health, you can increase the number of high-quality applicants.
Create A Diverse And Inclusive Workforce
Many groups within our society face stigma and prejudice every day. And people battling or recovering from mental health conditions are one of these groups. As the pandemic continues to take a toll on mental health, the number of people struggling is on the rise.
But thankfully, the world is no longer disregarding mental health. Customers and clients are now looking for more than great products and services, they are looking for businesses who prioritise inclusivity and diversity.
Employing a person with mental health conditions is one of many ways you can create an inclusive workforce. It will enable you to enrich your workforce, eliminate discrimination and value the difference that each employee brings to the company.
Opportunity To Enforce Positive Changes
Is mental health support including in your company policy? Do you have strategies in place to support the mental wellbeing of your team? Would your employees feel comfortable opening up about their mental health if they needed support?
Businesses around the globe are beginning to recognise the value of prioritising the wellbeing of their team. According to a Workplace Well report, in 2018, 40% of organisations had an employee wellbeing strategy in place.
By employing a person with mental health conditions, you have the opportunity to re-evaluate your company policy and enforce positive changes that reflect the wellbeing needs of your team.
Mental health conditions are not going to disappear. The sooner employers start to prioritise the mental wellbeing of their staff the better.
Opportunity To Educate Your Team
Employing a person with mental health conditions also gives you the opportunity to educate your team. Training your team on topics such as mental health first aid, mental health stigma, and recognising signs of mental, can help create an open and honest workplace culture.
Aside from raising awareness, educating your staff members can encourage them to utilise the support available to them if they are ever in need.
If you hired a candidate through Mindful Partners, you would also be offered mental health training for yourself and any relevant colleagues or employees.
Improve Employee Wellbeing
If employing a person with mental health conditions leads to positive changes within your company, you will see a knock-on effect. Once you begin to prioritise the wellbeing of your team, your business will flourish. A mentally healthy team will be more productive, creative, and engaged within the workplace.
In addition, there will be fewer health and stress-related absences, reducing the cost of absenteeism. By demonstrating that you care about the wellbeing of your team, you will be able to retain your best employees and reduce staff turnover.
An employee wellbeing strategy that prioritises mental health will also help you attract talent when you are hiring. Similarly, having an inclusive workforce will help your company stand out from the crowd.
Get In Touch
Mindful Partners is a specialist recruitment agency that helps people recovering from poor mental health get back into the workplace.
If you are an employer and would like to find out more about partnering with Mindful Partners, please get in touch. Alternatively, if you are recovering from mental ill-health and are looking to get back into work, please get in touch.