A survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and insurer Aviva has suggested that discussing mental health in the workplace is becoming ‘less taboo’ for both employers and employees.
The survey of over 1,000 UK business leaders revealed that nearly 30% of firms have experienced an increase in the number of employees taking time off work due to mental health issues. A further 33% of business owners reported an increase in the length of time staff members are taking off as a result of mental health concerns.
According to the BCC, employers are supporting employees with mental health issues by reviewing individual workloads, agreeing to flexible working arrangements, organising counselling and training managers to better support members of staff.
‘As the world of work changes, it is absolutely critical for business leaders to pay ever closer attention to the health and wellbeing of their employees – especially at a time when firms are facing severe challenges finding and retaining the skilled staff they need,’ said Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC.
‘Tackling mental health concerns in business need not break the bank. Reviewing workloads, considering flexible working practices and improving the skills of managers are simple measures that can help all firms build a happier and more productive workforce.’