Survey Report

Employee Outlook: Focus on mental health in the workplace 2016

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Employee Outlook: Focus on mental health in the workplace 2016

Published July 2016

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The survey finds that more than three people in ten (31%) have experienced mental health problems while in employment. This figure is higher for female employees at 36% and 46% in respect of people working in the voluntary sector.

Despite the greater awareness about the need to pay attention to the psychological, as well as the physical, aspects of people’s health and well-being at work, our survey shows that there is some way to go before the majority of employers develop a robust framework in this area. If people have good mental health, and feel supported during times of poor mental health, they will feel more motivated, engaged and productive at work. Employers cannot afford to ignore people’s mental health in the workplace.

‘It’s not surprising that individuals who are experiencing poor mental health, and have gone into
work,  are likely to report that their condition affects their performance in a range of ways.’

Content of the report

Key findings
  • Mental health at work
  • Supporting good mental health
  • Building a culture to support disclosure

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