New data from mental health charity Mind gives an insight into the mental health of 15,000 employees participating in Mind’s first ever Workplace Wellbeing Index, a brand new benchmark of best policy and practice when it comes to staff mental health. Thirty organisations took part in the Index including Deloitte, HMRC, the Environment Agency, Jaguar Land Rover and PepsiCo.
According to the survey results, of those staff who had disclosed poor mental health at work (2,200 employees), just over half said they felt supported, and 72 per cent said they’d been made aware of the support tools such as Employee Assistance Programmes, counselling, staff support network or informal buddying systems. Over half (56 per cent) were offered reasonable adjustments or support measures, such as changes to hours worked or the nature of some of their duties.
The Index also provides all employers that have participated with key recommendations on the specific areas for improvement. While the research suggests that overall, staff working for these organisations reported having good mental health at work, where their mental health wasn’t good, they felt their workplace was a contributory factor. Just over 1 in 10 (12 per cent or 1,765 employees) said their mental health was poor. Over one in four (26 per cent) experiencing poor mental health said that this was due to problems at work.
The results also show a discrepancy between how well managers feel they support staff versus how well supported employees feel. Only half of respondents (54 per cent) felt that their line manager supports their mental health, yet three in four line managers (73 per cent) said they’d feel confident in supporting a member of staff experiencing a mental health problem.
There’s still a problem with employees feeling able to talk about their mental health, as only one in four (26 per cent) of all respondents said they would be likely to seek support from their manager if they were experiencing a mental health problem.
Mind has long been calling on employers to create an open culture where people feel able to discuss their wellbeing and tackle the causes of stress among their staff. The most mentally healthy workplaces are those that have in place measures to tackle the causes of work related stress and poor mental health, promote good wellbeing for all their employers and support staff experiencing mental health problems.
Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said:
“In the last few years, we’ve seen employers make great strides when it comes to tackling stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff, including those with a diagnosed mental health problem. Our research shows that mental health problems are very common among employees who work for organisations of various sizes and sectors. Fortunately, forward-thinking employers are making mental health a priority and we’re delighted to recognise and celebrate those who’ve taken part in our Workplace Wellbeing Index. In our first year, we’ve seen good practice right across the board, from each and every one of the thirty pioneering employers to take part. Tonight’s Awards event will provide us with an opportunity to recognise good practice employers at the forefront of promoting good mental health and wellbeing among their workforce.”
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