Thinking Beyond Psychosocial Assessments: Designing a Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme that Works

International SOS, the world’s leading health and security services company, facilitated an engaging workshop at the recently concluded EHS Congress in Berlin. With over 250 organisations in attendance, the EHS Congress brought together professionals from the fields of environment, health, and safety to exchange knowledge share best practices, and explore innovative solutions. The workshop, offered organisations a deeper understanding of the critical components of an effective and sustainable mental health and wellbeing programme. And it also encouraged participants to think beyond psychosocial assessments.

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Throughout the workshop, International SOS experts discussed how workplace psychosocial assessments are a crucial tool in understanding organisational psychology factors. However, they inherently lack the breadth needed for a comprehensive evaluation of employee mental health and wellbeing. These assessments often miss key components like workplace policies, which greatly influence the mental health landscape through factors such as workload, work-life balance, and job security.

Additionally, attendees learned how psychosocial assessments typically do not account for physical health issues, even though these can significantly impact an individual’s mental wellbeing. Attendees were also introduced to the Happy at Work Wellbeing Equation, a guideline for organisations to build a healthy working culture. This guideline encourages employers to focus on two important aspects. Firstly, to understand the working conditions in their workplace and enhancing the resources and elements at work that enable their workforce to thrive. Secondly, to reduce the aspects of work that act as stressors, such as unmanageable workload and work pace.

International SOS has been supporting organisations’ mental health and wellbeing agenda with customised and phased solutions. These include mental health and wellbeing assessment, educational awareness and training sessions, as well as access to International SOS Global Health Advisors.

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The International SOS Group of Companies is in the business of saving lives, protecting your global workforce from health and security threats. Wherever you are, we deliver customised health, security risk management and wellbeing solutions to fuel your growth and productivity. In the event of extreme weather, an epidemic or a security incident, we provide an immediate response providing peace of mind. Our innovative technology and medical and security expertise focus on prevention, offering real-time, actionable insights and on-the-ground quality delivery. We help protect your people, your organisation’s reputation, as well as support your compliance reporting needs. By partnering with us, organisations can fulfil their Duty of Care responsibilities, while empowering business resilience, continuity and sustainability.

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