Mental health related absence is the highest cause of staff sickness in the workplace, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, levels have increased even further. The pattern of stress and anxiety centered around job security and health related worries, is exacerbating the already heightened worrying situation of employee wellbeing.
The good news is that employers are taking notice and are starting to act. Realising that a focus on nurturing employees and building resilience can reduce mental health related absence, with many organisations investing heavily to implement new measures to combat this crisis.
In these turbulent times, perhaps a career working in Special Education, Health and Social Care, a sector which delivers job security, longevity, support and nurture, would alleviate the stresses and strains of uncertainty, aid positive mental health and promote wellbeing from within.
As with most sectors (and life in general), there are good days and bad. A happy, healthy and mentally strong workforce within a school environment is vitally important for retaining and motivating staff and for promoting pupil wellbeing and attainment.This article from Mentally Healthy Schools provides an interesting overview and advice for school leaders about how to best support workers.
How are you feeling?
Senploy advocates Your Mind Plan in partnership with Public Health England as a simple but carefully created diagnostic quiz, designed to provide you with oversight of your general state of mental health and wellbeing. Easy to follow guidance, quick reference support tools, and further links to explore areas of concern more specifically, are included in your personal analysis.
What is your workplace doing?
Taking steps to support the workforce and instigating a cultural shift to accommodate mental health and wellbeing as a priority needs to start somewhere. Within the Special Education, Health and Social Care sector, initiatives such as on-site counselling, therapy, yoga and meditation, walking meetings, debriefs, and breakout zones are becoming increasingly familiar aspects of a normal working day. Employees feeling supported is a key factor within this environment and it's good to see the importance of nurturing key workers is being recognised.
Make the change to SEN
If you would like to immerse yourself in an environment where your wellbeing counts, explore the Special Education, Health and Social Care sector for your next career move There are 1000's of jobs currently available on www.Senploy.co.uk . Take your first steps to a more positive you, today!