Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 9-15 May 2022. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, it provides an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving better mental health.

Workplace wellbeing is a significant factor in achieving a mental and emotional balance. Our jobs are a big part of most of our lives, which means employers must invest in building awareness among managers of conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression.

#mentalhealthmatters to all of us

According to the Mental Health Foundation, one UK adult in six has a common mental disorder and a combination of anxiety and depression has been estimated to cause one fifth of days lost from work in Britain.

Figures like these illustrate how pervasive mental health issues have become – so it’s highly likely that your business is affected – or could be.

How mental health impacts business performance

Happiness, wellbeing and job satisfaction go hand in hand with productivity. People who enjoy their work will learn fast, complete tasks accurately and efficiently, make clear decisions and stay engaged and motivated.

If members of staff are struggling with poor mental health, absenteeism could increase and their output could be negatively affected. Ignoring their challenges and suffering may lead to challenges that cause your business’ operations and reputation to suffer.

Other reasons it makes sense for employers to focus on optimising staff mental health include:

  • Positive morale will lift the workplace atmosphere and create a place people want to be
  • Reduced ‘presenteeism’ A.K.A. showing up for the sake of it (but not achieving objectives)
  • Increased employee loyalty and retention
  • Attract top talent in your industry

Make employees mental health your priority!

Remote workers, lonely hearts

Loneliness is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. The Mental Health Foundation chose it because it’s affecting increasing numbers of people due to the pandemic. They explain:

“Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.    Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.”

Remote and hybrid working can contribute to feelings of loneliness as some teams become disconnected and many meetings and events continue to take place virtually. Compounding this, mental health issues among employees can go unnoticed due to lack of face-to-face contact.

Improve employee mental health with a wellbeing gift box

Mental Health Awareness Week provides business owners with the ideal opportunity to reflect on what they could do differently to support their workforce.

Whether they’re working at home or in the office, it’s crucial to make your employees feel seen and appreciated if you want to drive performance, optimise productivity and retain top talent.

Wellbeing gifts for staff are an effective way to reach out and connect. THEMPC supplies a comprehensive design, print, production and fulfilment service to source, create and distribute staff care packages such as:

  • Self-care hampers
  • Wellbeing packages
  • Mindfulness gift boxes
  • Wellness hampers
  • Employee gift boxes
  • Appreciation boxes for employees

Our friendly team will collaborate with you to understand the personalities in your team and the culture of your business, to create truly thoughtful results. We can personalise bespoke content and craft communications that will make the recipient feel supported and rewarded.

Let your employees know how appreciated they are!

Wellbeing box ideas

Various factors contribute to an employee’s health wellbeing, including physical, emotional, financial, psychological and social. Inspired by this, here are some types of wellbeing kits designed to remind your staff to look after themselves:

  • Time to take five – Never underestimate the importance a break, whether that be for a walk with company-sponsored headphones or for a cup of your favourite blend in a company branded mug
  • Let’s keep active – Moving the body is therapeutic for the mind, so encourage your teams to get away from their desks for regular exercise with a personalised water bottle or branded workout gear such as clothing, yoga mat, skipping rope, or sweatbands
  • Relax on us – Me-time is essential for mental wellness. Help staff find zen among the deadlines with a self-care package containing calming teas, aromatherapy candles, a carefully chosen book and bespoke bath bombs in your company colours
  • Social shindig – Schedule in social time in the form of a team-building event, day out, sports tournament, an informal get-together such as a quiz, or a party – either virtually or face-to-face. Supply pre-drinks and branded drinkware, snacks, games, decorations and clothing such as branded t-shirts and hats (which double up as free advertising)
  • Reflect and recharge – a wellbeing hamper containing a personalised journal, branded pen, empowering books and wall art, or a calendar featuring motivational quotes can help people take stock and get their mojo back

These are just a few of the mindfulness box ideas and wellness packages THEMPC can supply. Whatever your brief, we’ll use our creativity, extensive experience, and specialist equipment to bring it to life.

Has Mental Health Awareness Week got you thinking about how you can be a more supportive employer? Watch your people – and your company – thrive with wellbeing gifts for staff from THEMPC. Talk to us about your requirements today.