OK Talk Counselling provides bespoke, high-quality, confidential workplace counselling (EAP) either face-to-face, over the telephone or online for organisations across a range of sectors.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on society and the UK economy has created more fear and uncertainty. Faced with new realities of furlough, working from home, home-schooling children and social distancing, the importance of good mental health is more relevant now than ever before.

Employers increasingly have a duty of care to create healthy, happy and inclusive workplaces so that all employees not only feel supported but can thrive in their jobs.

After all, evidence shows that happy and healthy employees are more productive which, in turn, benefits the organisation and creates a winning culture.

Workplace counselling is proven to demonstrate a positive return on investment through reduced absenteeism and presenteeism, increased productivity and improved staff engagement.

Enabling employees to seek the support of a fully trained and highly skilled counsellor so they can discuss their mental health, make decisions themselves and help improve their lives will, in turn, make the workplace a healthier and happier environment for all.

Some interesting facts ...

Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive show that 12.8 million working days were lost in the UK in 2018/19 due to stress, depression, or anxiety. Poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45 billion each year.

Around 15% of employees have symptoms of existing mental health conditions whilst 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their jobs each year – more than those with physical conditions.

There is clear evidence that working in a positive environment where staff feel safe, secure and supported improves their mental health and wellbeing which, in turn, benefits the organisation.

Research by Oxford University found that workers are 13% more productive when happy. Other studies have shown that happy salespeople produce 37% greater sales whilst companies with happy employees outperform the competition by 20%.

The benefits of workplace counselling to the employer include:

  • EReduced absenteeism and presenteeism
  • EAccelerated rehabilitation and return to work rate
  • EIncreased productivity and motivation
  • EIncreased staff retention and talent acquisition
  • EIncreased employee engagement
  • EImproved employee health and wellbeing
  • EImproved organizational culture
  • EEmployees being empowered to develop strong mental health and resilience
  • EBetter understanding of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • EIncreased promotion and education of the importance of good mental health
  • EGreater awareness, recognition and support around mental health problems amongst managers and staff

I had a negative experience at work which hugely impacted my self esteem, and because of Covid lockdown and my feelings of inadequacy I hadn’t been able to talk it through with anyone properly. I wasn’t sure if I was making a big deal out of nothing or if it was significant enough for counselling. But I made the appointment and am really glad I did. Marina was very empathetic and objective and helped me see myself in a different light. This has really helped me at work and in my personal life. Thank you!

OK Talk Counselling’s workplace counselling service is:

Available online, in-person and over the phone

Open to small and medium sized businesses, charities and other organisations across a range of sectors

Flexible to suit the different needs and costs of the organisation

Available either in the workplace or at an external location