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Why offer therapy to our staff?

Mental health problems are a thing. They've been bubbling away under the surface forever, but the pace and nature of modern life have turned up the temperature and, in many cases, people's problems are bubbling over. When this happens companies generally, either temporarily (through absence) or permanently, lose the employee. In many cases this doesn't have to happen and the pressure can be released through therapy.

Our business case is simple: happy staff are more productive and don't leave. Offering counselling to those who need it should save you money. Moreover, corporate resonsibility is also becoming a thing: staff appreciate it when you look after them when they need it.

Why now?

The profile of mental health and wellness is on the rise whilst stigma decreases; the mental health movement continues to gain traction online and in the media. It’s increasingly ‘cool.’

Once upon a time your wellbeing was an individual matter but companies are now realising that they have a responsibility to look after their employees mental health. Employers can either jump on the bandwagon or risk being left behind. Those who opt out are likely to be seen as out of touch.

Also - the workplace is changing, rapidly.

Millenials

Millennials are expected to make up 75% of the workforce by 2025 (Deloitte Survey). To attract the best employees of this group companies that are hiring will have to compete for candidates by using more than just attractive salary packages and/or strong brand recognition. For today’s aspiring professionals workplace culture and personal development are increasingly important when considering career opportunities. Since a traditional nine-to-five job accounts for one-third of the total day, being happy with the tools and people you spend time with is important.

Millennials are the most values driven generation. Creating an environment where people feel valued and part of a team will be more important than ever. Millennials seek managers and companies that will invest in their future growth. Providing growth opportunities is a good way to retain, engage and incentivise employees. The Huffington Post notes that 79% of Millennials prefer their boss to be more of a coach or mentor in their professional lives.

Employers will continue to see a shift in what’s expected of the working environment, starting with millennials and continuing with Gen Z. Those that remain flexible and responsive to the needs of their workforce will attract and retain top talent. Proactive investment = loyalty and productivity = profitability. More than any other generation millennials have internalised the idea that they need to be working all the time or engaged in the never-ending pursuit of self-optimisation in order to be successful. Glorification of 24 hour accessibility.

'Generation Burnout'

Burnout is a response to prolonged stress and typically involves emotional exhaustion, detachment and feeling ineffective.

The six main risk factors for work burnout are having an overwhelming workload, limited control, unrewarding work, unfair work, work that conflicts with our values and a lack of community in the workplace.

According to a UK-wide survey in 2018 by the Mental Health Foundation almost three quarters of more than 4,500 adults surveyed (74%) had at some point over the past year felt so stressed that they were ‘overwhelmed and unable to cope.’ Increase in absenteeism and long-term sick leave. Associated recruitment costs of finding interim cover and/or replacement.

Can't we handle this internally?

Some companies try this by training HR staff etc - but staff overwhelmingly prefer speaking to an impartial, unconnected, outsider. As the aim of the game is to nip problems in the bud, it pays to give staff the choice of the external professional they they feel most comfortable with - and won't bump in to by the water cooler.

Why glyde?

We've recognised that one of the biggest issues in the treatment of mental health issues is actually putting your hand up and asking for help: for many, actively seeking help is a step too far - so we're trying to make treatment as accessible as possible.

We deliver telephone and video counselling to time-limited professionals. Our service is designed to work around busy schedules.

glyde offers a new generation of therapists who are uniquely placed and experienced to address the complexity of modern day mental health issues.

How does it work?

You can create an account using the button below - this only takes a few minutes. We'll then send you a link (glyde.co/YourCompany) for you to share with your staff.

When appointments are booked via this link you'll receive a confirmation email which will allow you to veto the appointment if for any reason this member of staff isn't entitled to treatment (usually staff on probationary periods or contractors).

Once the initial session has taken place, you will be informed as to whether more treatment is recommended. The first session is usually a warm-up as it takes time for a new client to open up. The therapist will then often recommend a course of treatment - usually a further 5 sessions - to be conducted weekly; in this case, you will be asked to confirm that you are happy for the client to proceed with as many sessions as recommended by the therapist.

How much does it cost?

Each 50 minute session costs from £50 (each therapist sets their own fee). You can set a price cap if required so that your staff can select only therapists who charge no more than your chosen maximum.

Before your staff can book appointments, you must purchase credit - which you can do via your online dashboard.

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