"It's incredibly difficult to define the cost of poor mental health, which goes some way to explaining why employers have been reticent to invest in support for staff in the past. However, these findings clearly show that organisations which don't promote a positive working environment or help employees who are at risk of burnout, will experience significant financial losses over time.
"This should be a wake up call for employers across the country to put safeguards in place for staff. If you're not sure where to start, begin by training managers to recognise the signs of prevalent mental health problems. There's also the option to invest in training for staff to become mental health first aiders. In some cases, employees are too afraid to talk to their manager or HR if they're struggling, but could feel more comfortable confiding in a colleague."