According to research, two-thirds of workers would not approach their manager about mental health issues

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Experts warn that employees are being left to manage their own health issues, and firms should try to engage in talks and provide focused help.

According to a survey, two-thirds of employees would be uncomfortable sharing a mental or emotional health concern with their boss.

Nuffield Health polled 8,000 UK adults as part of its Healthier Nation Index research, and discovered that 66% would not tell their boss about their mental health problems.

Despite the fact that 37% of respondents said their mental health had deteriorated in the previous year, a third (33%) were not offered any physical or emotional wellbeing support at work.

The majority of UK employees are “left to address mental or emotional wellness concerns on their own,” according to Gosia Bowling, national lead for emotional Wellbeing at Nuffield Health.

“With many employees struggling with mental health it’s more vital than ever that companies discover methods to build an inclusive and connected workplace culture where people feel supported,” she added, emphasizing that this would increase productivity and satisfaction levels.

Employers should be on the lookout for indicators of loneliness, encourage employees to have meaningful discussions, and provide targeted mental health support, according to Bowling.

Slack provided data this month that showed how post-pandemic difficulties were having a significant impact on the workforce. In a survey of 1,000 workers, more than a third (37%) said they were worried about coming to work, with almost half (49%) citing concerns about additional costs such as travel and meals.

When returning to work, the same amount (49%) identified concerns about work-life balance as a source of stress.

According to the same Slack poll, three-quarters of employees (73%) experienced burnout in the previous year, and nearly a third (32%) worked more overtime. Only two out of five people (38%) believe their job values their mental health.

Jane Grundy, a technical HR consultant at AdviserPlus, said that poor mental health could lead to an increase in workplace absenteeism, and asked employers to keep track of how working conditions influence staff.

Kate Hesk, Cognomie’s chief people officer and coaching lead, stressed the importance of mental health days, in which employees take time off to care for their psychological and emotional wellbeing.

“It’s about taking time off from the taxing stress of your day to day life – stress that can lead to serious health problems over time,” she explained. “You’re normalizing dialogues and an openness in mental wellbeing culture by encouraging mental health days in your workplace.”

According to Dr Natalie Kenny, CEO of BioGrad, there are also “real practical solutions” to everyday stress that organizations may implement alongside their mental health policies.

“We ensure that our minimum wage is 20% above the typical house price to ensure that our employees can afford to pay for their own homes, allowing them to feel safe with their families,” she explained.

In addition, her company offers additional vacation days and will create a free on-site creche later this year to “afford the rising cost of living for our employees,” according to Kenny.

See how HealthBoxHR can help your organization better understand your employees mental health situation with our Mental Health Management feature!

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