Highlighting the importance of mental health with the launch of the Institute of Directors New Policy Report
As part of Mental Health Week 13 – 17 May 2019 we’ve been honoured to have contributed to the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) new study out this week Managing Mental Health in Changing Business Models. The report examines the role of remote working on mental health and found that almost three-quarters of IoD members proactively offered employees flexible working practices, with the most common reason being to improve staff’s work-life balance.
Murphy Surveys Development Director Colin Murphy was interviewed for the report outlining the company’s commitment to the mental wellbeing of its employees.
“Offering flexible working is one of the approaches that has helped us retain staff and attract talent and I believe that it has contributed to a positive overall workplace culture in our company. Different project sites that our surveyors work on require our teams to adapt to each environment and, in addition to the flexibility to working in the office or remotely at home, this offers our employees variety in their roles, ensuring every day is different, which can be a contributing factor to their wellbeing.”
“The mental wellbeing of our staff is paramount to us regardless of their locality of work. We have a number of wellbeing initiatives in place to foster a safe, open and friendly environment, allowing our employees flourish and work together productively. We offer regular training sessions, including stress management, we actively use a peer-to-peer communication app to cultivate communities and we have a social committee organising regular social events and sporting activities to allow our staff to create friendships, helping to overcome potential feelings of isolation.”
Kamile Stankute, Parliamentary Affairs Officer IoD and author of the report, said:
“The greater flexibility that new technology allows can be a huge benefit to business and employee alike. However, when it comes to workers’ mental wellbeing, remote working is a double-edged sword. While potentially facilitating an improved work-life balance, it can also lead to feelings of isolation and can blur the boundary between work and leisure. It’s often the visible signs of stress that employers are able to pick up on, and without these it can be trickier to keep track of workers’ welfare. Business leaders can’t afford to take an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach when it comes to remote workers”
For further information and to read the report in full visit the Institute of Directors website.