Mental health and wellbeing have become a prominent issue for many workers and so as the nation approaches Blue Monday, determined to be the most depressing day of the year, Sutton Coldfield’s HR Caddy is recommending employers offer support to staff. 

The third Monday of the new year was crowned Blue Monday many years ago, but recent research has found no evidence to suggest the third Monday of the year is any more or less depressing than any other day. 

However, the return to work, long dark cold nights and financial pressures of the festive season can affect a person’s mental health and wellbeing during January and February. 

Nicola Callaghan, Managing Director at HR Caddy said: “Whether Blue Monday does or doesn’t exist, employers need to be mindful of their team’s mental health, especially as many people are working from home or self-isolating due to the rise in Omicron cases. 

“Business owners should take the time to speak with staff and understand the pressures they face while balancing this against the needs of their company. 

“Given the potential for a rise in absences, it never hurts to review sickness policies and remind workers of their obligations to the company as well.”

HR Caddy said that businesses can take small steps to help their staff, such as holding regular catch-up sessions, putting on activities that encourage social engagement, such as virtual quizzes, or being temporarily flexible with work arrangements.

“Every employer has a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of their staff, which includes their mental health,” added Nicola.

“By taking proactive steps to support employees, owners and management teams can build up considerable goodwill for the future, which may help with retaining talented staff members.”

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