POSTED: September 16 2021
41% of employees report a mental health decline

41% of employees report a mental health decline

New research from Nuffield Health’s recently published ‘Healthier Nation Index’, revealed that 41% of employees have reported a mental health decline since the beginning of the first lockdown in March last year. Concerningly, 54% of employees said they believe their work is actively impairing their mental health.

  • 50% of those surveyed cited overworking as the barrier to doing physical activity
  • 48% revealed they were not aware of the steps they could take to boost their mental and physical health.
  • 31% highlighted financial worries were taking a toll, saying their financial health had worsened over the last twelve months.
  • 21% stated that employers should undertake mandatory reporting on the physical and wellbeing initiatives they have in place to improve physical and emotional wellbeing of their staff.

Brendan Street, head of emotional wellbeing, said employers have a “significant” role to play in supporting workers’ mental health and should prioritise communicating the support on offer, with rapid access available to mental health specialists.

Organisations should also be mindful of the mental health of those staff working from home, he added, pointing to research showing that remote and hybrid workers regularly exceed their expected working hours. Employers should provide advice on separating work and home life and outline employee expectations from the outset. This means defining working hours and letting employees know they aren’t expected to reply to emails outside of them, he concludes.

If your business is affected by the results of the survey, or you’re looking to make the transition back to the workplace as seamless as possible for employees, talk to us today.

Original article here.