POSTED: October 26 2021
Mental health still the biggest barrier to employee wellbeing

Mental health still the biggest barrier to employee wellbeing

The recent Health at Work report by Pam’s Wellbeing explored the issues which are most detrimental to employee health, finding that mental health remains the biggest barrier to employee wellbeing.

The study showed:
  • 64% of employees have experienced burnout or fatigue
  • 25% of respondents had been diagnosed with clinical anxiety or depression
  • 72% have felt anxious
  • 64% have felt depressed

35% see a supportive manager as one of the most important things in helping to deal with such feelings as work, and 42% see apps that help them self-manage conditions as valuable.

More than half (51%) of those surveyed who have had proactive employer help to stay healthy are less likely to want to work elsewhere. Just 6% of employees who have received little or no support said the same. Almost half (47%) of those helped and encouraged to stay healthy feel very productive, as opposed to just 11% of those who have received little or no wellbeing support.

Overall, 86% of employees believe their employer is responsible for their health and wellbeing, with a shocking two-fifths of employees believing working for their employer has undermined their health or made them sick.

It’s no secret that employees who feel looked after by their employees are significantly more productive, and the majority are much less likely to search for work elsewhere. The business benefits associated with a proactive approach to health and wellbeing go far beyond just reducing absence.

Following a year in which two thirds of employees experienced fatigue and burnout and a quarter did not just experience anxious and depressed feelings, but were clinically diagnosed with anxiety or depression, its clear employers are struggling to stay on top of mental health. Employees are crying out for more help to sustain a healthy work-life balance and deal with the ongoing uncertainty that has become a part of our daily lives.

Talk to advo today about how to support your employee’s mental health – we can offer training workshops for managers in how to support and signpost colleagues to getting the appropriate help, employee assistance programmes and a range of other health and wellbeing benefits.

Original article here.