23 Feb Workplace Wellbeing surveys show interesting results
I wanted to share with you some findings from a recent workplace wellbeing survey that was sent to me, on the subject of the effects of stress and anxiety in the workplace; a subject that, as you might expect, we at MHScot take very seriously and know all too well what the issues can be and what the effects can mean for organisations and individuals.
Amongst the survey’s key findings, it suggests that 62% of UK employees have taken a day off work in the last year as a result of stress, depression or anxiety and how this is having a direct effect on productivity in the workplace.
Unsurprisingly, the survey results also revealed that there is still a substantial stigma surrounding mental health at work and, of those surveyed, just under half admitted to calling in sick with a different complaint to the mental health related one that they are really suffering with.
Interestingly though, as with other recent workplace wellbeing surveys, it found that women were shown to be less likely to take a day off work for mental health related issues, with just over 60% taking a day off in the last year compared to just under two thirds of men.
This is not the first survey to highlight that, when it comes to the workplace being the key influencer of mental health issues, it’s men that appear to be the worst affected, yet research also shows they are the least likely, of the two sexes, to ‘open up’ and seek help.
On our very own interactive workplace wellbeing survey, on our website, we ask people to select their top emotional or wellbeing challenges in the workplace;
- A third of respondents highlighted that high pressure/unachievable workloads were the biggest workplace challenge they faced.
- Worryingly, the next biggest challenge was bullying, with 21% of people selecting this as amongst their primary issue of workplace wellbeing and, as we know from our work, bullying in the workplace can have a devastating impact on your emotional and mental health, as well as an impact on your self-worth.
- The next two biggest challenges, which can be linked to each other is a ‘lack of communication/feeling like a valued member of the team’ and ‘lack of understanding’ (of workplace mental health issues).
- Together this makes up 28% of all respondents (16% and 12% respectively) and we think this speaks volumes about how companies are still missing the point, when it comes to tackling workplace wellbeing.
Let’s make no mistake, there are some that are exemplary in how they have risen to the challenges of mental health issues in the workplace and we applaud them. However, this appears to be the exception, rather than the rule, with many companies and organisations either paying ‘lip service’ to their employees or, perhaps worse, ignoring the issues completely.
Remember, MHScot is here to help. Whether it’s a company or organisation looking for guidance or needing help to address their workplace wellbeing and mental health issues, we can offer a wide range of services, from consultancy to mental health training and audits, or policy reviews and surveys.
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