APM is set to sign the Time for Change employer pledge, demonstrating its commitment to the wellbeing of employees and customers alike.
Mental health is an issue that organisations simply can’t afford to ignore. Figures suggest that some one in four British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year; costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year.
Although it is thought to be the biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK, an estimated 95% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason for their illness.
Mental Health charity, Time for Change, has inspired a growing movement of more than 450 employers across all sectors, from FTSE 100 companies and leading retailers to Government departments and local authorities.
APM Risk Management Director, Richard Johns, explains why the company is backing the pledge.
“Mental health awareness is a core aspect of our safety and wellbeing programme,” says Richard.
“Our aim is to foster and grow an environment in which people feel comfortable to discuss metal health at all levels of the business, removing any stigma that may be attached.
“Looking after the mental health of your employees makes business sense: tackling stigma can make a real difference to sickness absence rates, staff wellbeing, productivity, and retention.”
APM is committed to using promotional events such as the Time to Change pledge, to ensure mental awareness continues to be a key focal area for our business and its employees.
APM Chief Executive, Alan Cave, will be officially signing the pledge in the coming weeks.