DLA Piper launch their Mental Health Matters report to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2020

8th October 2020, 5:19 pm

To coincide with World Mental Health Day this Saturday 10 October 2020, global law firm DLA Piper has today launched its Mental Health Matters: Managing Workplace Wellbeing across the Globe report, which looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures on mental health and what employers should be doing to support and protect the mental health and wellbeing of their workforce in the workplace, as well as some of the challenges they could face.

DLA Piper’s Employment partner Jane Hannon, said: “The challenges we have all faced during the last few months, and continue to face, have inevitably had an impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. The virus itself and the measures put in place to tackle it, have led to many experiencing stress and anxiety as well feelings of isolation, depression, and other emotional, family or financial stresses. With this report we wanted to address these challenges and make clear recommendations on what responsible employers should be doing to support the wellbeing of their people.

“Some employers who had already recognised the importance of employee wellbeing have refreshed their wellbeing programmes to make them fit for the challenges of COVID-19. Others have expedited future plans for implementation of programmes and some are now looking at the issues for the first time.

“Employer intervention will not remove entirely the potential negative impact of poor mental health within the workforce, however, the significant benefits of providing support, such as increased productivity, improved work quality and better employee engagement, present a strong business case for workplace wellbeing programmes.

“Our recommendation for global business is clear – workplace wellbeing programmes aren’t just the right thing to do, they’re smart and responsible business.”

To access your copy of the report, please visit the DLA Piper website here.

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