Organisations can’t afford to overlook the mental wellbeing – or general health and safety – of their people.

Taking responsibility

Even when employees aren’t working on company premises, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their people – and this includes their mental health and stress.

But, astonishingly, the majority of business leaders say they are unsure of where their obligation for the mental health of employees begins and ends – and with the changes in working arrangements and increased levels of home working set to continue, it’s vital that businesses understand where their responsibilities lie.

After all, not only does it make good business sense to protect employees’ health and mental wellbeing, but employers may also find themselves liable – and at risk of a claim being brought against them – if it can be proved that they’ve been negligent.