Work and Wellbeing · 14 May 2018

Employers notice a shift in attitudes towards staff mental health issues

More employers are seeing an increase of staff approaching them with mental health issues.
Over the last two years, business leaders have noticed a rise of employees who come forward with mental health issues. A new survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD) reveals that four in ten directors have been approached by staff regarding their mental wellbeing.

This trend has increasedby 12 per cent from 2017 and additionally, 42 per cent of employees have booked time off work due to mental health problem affecting their routines.

Commenting on the shift in attitudes, Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors, said: “While mental health is no longer the taboo subject it was, much work remains to be done. Directors must take to heart the importance of their workforce’s mental health, just as they would their physical health.

the bottom line is this: the workplace shouldnt be somewhere that people feel they have to hide the problems they are facing. In fact, it should be one of the places where help is most easily found.”

Poor relationships between employees and their line managers, alongside heavy workload, appear to be the top factors having a larger impact on the UK workforce’s wellbeing.

Closely behind is having a poor relationship with colleagues, the data revealed. Larger companies were also likely to say that relationships with line management needed improving.

larger organisations need to make sure that good practice spreads through every layer of their organisation. In smaller firms, where capacity for formal training is often limited, managers must still show willing to engage with the issue.

we want businesses to see tackling mental health not as a drain on resources but as a positive investment in the wellbeing of their staff.

However, only one in five business leaders said they could offer mental health training for management.

Since launching its?Mental Health in the Workplacecampaign in 2017, the IoD has joined forces with several organisations to raise awareness of the issue.

Likewise, a similar campaign was launched in order to end the stigma around mental health in the workplace.



Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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