75% Of Workforce Affected By Mental Health Issues

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75% Of Workforce Affected By Mental Health Issues

A survey by InMind had revealed a treasure trove of shocking findings for example:

  • just shy of seventy-five percent of interviewed workplace members appeared to claim that personal mental health issues had had a detrimental effect on their careers.
  • around sixty percent of members of the workforce appear to be of the view that they should be taking a collaborative approach in supporting the needs of colleagues’ welfare from a mental health perspective.
  • the issue of mental health and welfare is so important to members of the workforce that for some it goes to the heart of their choice to remain or ultimately vacate their organization
  • however, somewhat surprisingly just over half of those who responded to the survey were of the view that they were accountable in any way for supporting the mental health needs of fellow members of the workforce.
  • arguably the most distressing statistic of all around thirty percent informed interviewers that should they have the misfortune to suffer from issues of a mental health perspective they do not anticipate receiving any assistance to support their needs in the workplace.
  • an alarming sixty percent of interviewees cited having difficulties in terms of finding a healthy work-life balance. In this regard, employees reported having difficulties finding time to fit in time to take care of themselves and mental health around their busy working lifestyle.
  • a little over thirty-five percent directly cited the reason for this as a shortage of time and
  • approximately forty percent of those who provided answers to the survey questions appeared to find the area of mental health and welfare.

So What Were The Reasons Behind This Alarming Statistic?

Whilst the statistic highlighted in the headline is doubtless shocking, it is important to examine the real reasons behind drastic headlines. Workplace mental health campaign platform Unmind identified some hurdles which appear to be preventing members of the workforce manage their mental health and are reasons why the above-listed figures are so high, such as:

  • insomnia
  • mental health conditions such as anxiety and
  • stress which appears to originate in the workplace.

Surprise, Surprise?

Whilst these statistics may come as a bit of a shock for some, the Aurora Wellness organization commented via Ngozi Weller that the statistics discovered through the survey were predictable. Aurora Wellness conducted its research and found it discovered that an astonishing eighty percent of businesses are aware of how vital the issue of mental health is, know the significance of it and that they should center upon it. However, just over half of those businesses are making any concerted effort to assist their workforce with mental health issues.

The Aurora Wellness research made several observations in this regard. They suggested for employers adopt a more pragmatic approach to deal with this issue such as striking the right balance by increasing the amount of holiday provision and decreasing the amount of work. the check box approach is often taken by employers towards their members of staff in the area of mental health. Aurora commented that whilst many organizations are doing all they can to assist their workforce some could be doing more to bridge the gap.

How Can Organisations Respond?

Businesses in this space seem to opine that their most crucial commodity is their people. However, this Report has revealed that this cannot possibly be the case as Louise Aston representing the Business in the Community platform commented that these companies need to do more of the leg work to assist their workforce to operate at the optimum level. Aurora commented that businesses have the choice to do more to catch up.

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THE ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN USING THE FOLLOWING SOURCES

[1] Powell, Caitlin – Three-quarters of employees’ careers impacted by mental health, report finds – People management – 30 June 2022 - Three-quarters of employees’ careers impacted by mental health, report finds (peoplemanagement.co.uk)

[2] Hlupic, Vlata Ariaana – What leaders must do now to promote employee wellbeing – 20 June 2022 – People Management - What leaders must do now to promote employee wellbeing (peoplemanagement.co.uk)

[3] Lennon, Amanda – Is unlimited annual leave just a sticking plaster – 10 June 2022 – People Management - Is unlimited annual leave just a sticking plaster for burnout? (peoplemanagement.co.uk)

[4] Powell, Caitlin – Saga came through multiple crises to become fit for the 21st century – People Management – Saga came through multiple crises to become fit for the 21st century (peoplemanagement.co.uk)

[5] Aurora Wellness Group - Contact us - Aurora Wellness (aurorawellnessgroup.co.uk)

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