Costs of Psychological Difficulties

It is well known that when employees encounter psychological difficulties in their lives this has a knock on effect on their ability to perform in the workplace, whether in terms of reduced productivity or increased sickness absence.

This costs business considerable amounts of money each year- The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (2007) estimates that in the UK:

  • £8.4 billion a year is lost in sickness absence. The average employee takes seven days off sick each year of which 40 per cent are for mental health problems. This adds up to 70 million lost working days a year
  • £15.1 billion a year is lost in reduced productivity at work. ‘Presenteeism’ accounts for 1.5 times as much working time lost as absenteeism and costs more to employers because it is more common among higher-paid staff
  • £2.4 billion a year is lost in replacing staff who leave their jobs because of mental ill health

We aim to support organisations in improving employee health and productivity, and reducing the cost of sickness absence and income protection claims. We have a proven track record of helping organisations to reduce these costs through the work that we do in partnership with Occupational Health.

Increasing productivity and reducing sickness absence