Through technology the lines between work and social life becoming increasingly blurred and our reliance on it means that we, as responsible business leaders, need to be mindful of the implications of this “always on” world.
For those working on high pressure projects such as live events and installations for global blue-chip brands, these pressures can quickly become acute. The rewards for a job well done are immense from both personal and company points of view. But what are the hidden dangers?
Unlike many of the technologies we interact with, we are not designed to run 24/7/365. Our CPU, the brain, is an amazing organ and a miracle of evolution that we have only just begun to scratch the surface of understanding. Still far more powerful that even the most state-of-the-art computer and far more advanced than any AI technology is ever likely to be, it can still break, sometimes with catastrophic results.
Sadly, research has shown that in excess of 6,000 people a year die by suicide in the UK and life expectancy for those with long term mental health problems can be reduced by as much as 21 years due to associated physical health problems.
The importance of mental wellbeing is something that we in the business community need to address. Many forward-thinking businesses are realising that this can have a massive impact on their organisations. Adopting good management practices that support positive mental wellbeing have proven to lead to greater productivity. Implementing a robust support strategy can see an increase in productivity of up to 12%.
At Saville Group we are fully aware of the extended pressures that our teams can be subject to and we are actively engaged in promoting a healthy environment that fosters good mental wellbeing. Our ethos of “Passion to Exceed” conveys our company commitment to being the best place to work.
Group Service Director Ann Pickard summarised our commitment to mental awareness. “One in four people will experience poor mental health at some point in their lives. These feelings can often be intense but are often temporary. We know that with the right support and help, people can make a positive recovery. We truly believe in supporting our teams through the good times and the hard, which is why we’ve invested in the training of 22 mental health first aiders across the business to show our total belief that we are here for them when needed.”
“Having a strong team of caring Mental Health First Aiders plays a highly significant support role in maintaining good wellbeing within the company, enhancing the valuable 24/7 services provided by the likes of the Samaritans, NHS and C.A.L.M.S.”
If you or anyone you know requires mental support, please contact the below:
Samaritans offer a 24/7 support service. Call them FREE on 116 123
NHS Choices: 24-hour helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111.
C.A.L.M National helpline for men to talk about any issues they are feeling, Call 0800 58 58 58
MIND Infoline is available 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday on 0300 123 3393