A third of UK workers are experiencing mental health problems

A third of UK workers are experiencing mental health problems

A survey carried out by the management consultancy firm, PwC has revealed that more than a third of UK workers are experiencing mental health conditions including stress, anxiety and depression.

Of the 2,000 workers who were surveyed from across the UK, two in five say that they have had to take time off work or reduce their responsibilities because of their health concerns. A further 23% said that despite this, they don’t think that the company they work for takes employee wellbeing seriously. This is highlighted by the fact that more than half (54%) of respondents work for companies that don’t offer any health benefits such as counselling, health screening or subsidised gym memberships.

Because of this, amongst those who have taken time off due to their mental health, 39% said that they didn’t feel comfortable telling their boss about it.

Even though mental health in the workplace is an issue which still isn’t being taken as seriously as it should, 83% of the survey participants said that they strongly believe their wellbeing influences how productive they are. They feel that the main factors compromising their wellbeing in the office are pressures such as dealing with clients and customers and having to work long hours.

Speaking out about the results, Jo Salter, director in PwC’s people and organisations business, commented:

“It’s becoming increasingly important for organisations to provide employees with support for their emotional and physical health at work. Healthier and happier staff perform better, stay in the business for longer and reduce costs and risks for organisations. Understanding and addressing the root causes of employee wellbeing is the first step to resolving the underlying issues.”

Interestingly, respondents also said that they believe that technology could play an integral role in addressing mental health concerns and almost half said that they would happily use an app to help improve their wellbeing.

Salter continued:

“Technology can be a bridge to improving wellbeing at work. The growing use of virtual reality and creating work-like scenarios, has the potential to help workers overcome stress and improve performance.”

It’s also thought that data analytics will be able to support and help resolve wellbeing issues by gathering team data and trends which are affecting employee wellbeing. By going through and pin-pointing insights, organisations will be able to target and implement effective changes.

If you think that you or someone you know may be suffering from a mental health condition, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programmes page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments which are available. Alternatively, you can also contact us in the strictest of confidence if you would like to speak to someone.

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