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Mental health and wellbeing are now considered of vital importance within the workplace. Recent studies have seen an increase, year on year, of mental health challenges in a variety of sectors, both public and private. Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace and it is the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.

Local audit & accountancy firm, KPMG, have chosen to take a pro-active approach to mental health prevention by incorporating the services of London-based Human Performance Consultancy, Pro-Noctis. Over the last 4 months, KPMG staff have enjoyed weekly 90-minute educational sessions covering a variety of topics ranging from positive psychology, organisational resilience, sleep hygiene, energy systems to meeting dynamics as well as having the opportunity for one-to-one coaching sessions with Pro-Noctis’s performance coaches.

The project was designed and researched alongside the firm’s HR Manager, Lynsey Harris, who commented, ‘The Pro-Noctis sessions have offered some simple and practical ways for everyone to look after their mental health. With the stresses of modern life, we all face challenges from time to time. At KPMG, we’re keen to address this and we place a lot of emphasis on staff wellbeing.’

The success of the project was reflected with a noticeable improvement in the KPMG Global People Survey (GPS) in learning and development, with 83% of respondents stating they had access to learning and development which helped improve their knowledge and skills.

KPMG’s Managing Partner on the Isle of Man, Russell Kelly, commented ‘Working with Phil and the team across our business has been very insightful and the feedback from staff has been strong.  Helping people to understand how their performance is impacted by state of mind and what drives certain types of behaviours have been extremely valuable to us.’

Pro-Noctis Co-Founder Phil Quirk said, ‘From our perspective the project has been an incredible success, and from a personal point of view it has been fantastic to work closely with everyone at KPMG over the 13 weeks the project spanned. We’ve been keen to highlight that making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow our advice. We’d encourage everyone to start today.’ 


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