Half of UK workers consider quitting their jobs, due to lack of support around mental health

 

The stigma around discussing mental health is still very much present, and over three quarters (77.8%) of Brits agree that not enough is being done to support mental health at work. In fact, almost half (46.1%) have considered resigning from a job due to lack of support.

CV-Library conducted a survey of 1,100 UK workers which sought to explore the topic of mental health in the workplace and how well employers support their staff. With 42.9% revealing that aspects of their job can cause them to feel anxious or depressed, it’s clear that something must be done to combat these issues. When asked what measures employers can introduce to help support their staff, respondents said:

  • Promote a healthy work-life balance – 38.6%
  • Create an environment where mental health is not stigmatised - 15%
  • Refer employees to a counselling service – 13.7%
  • Talk more openly about mental health – 11.9%
  • Have an internal counselling service for staff – 10.6%

The majority (83.6%) of professionals believe that employers should offer mental health days for staff, with 78% agreeing that they’d be more likely to work for a company that did. 88.4% also said that they believe that employers should be given training to help them understand mental health and how to help employees who may be suffering.

60.2% of Brits confessed that they would be too embarrassed to disclose information about the state of their mental health to their employer, while nearly two-thirds (63%) feel guilty for taking time off for mental health reasons.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s concerning to learn that professionals aren’t feeling supported by their employers when it comes to their mental health and it’s clear more needs to be done to tackle this. It’s a sad reality that mental health problems can affect all areas of life. But if you’re struggling to cope at work, it’s important that you don’t suffer in silence.”

“From our data, it’s obvious that there is a deep-rooted stigma around talking about mental health, particularly at work. And it’s clear that professionals are reluctant to take days off to look after their mental wellbeing. But the truth is, you wouldn’t feel bad leaving the office because of a migraine or stomach bug and your mental health shouldn’t be any different."

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

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