Employers Neglecting Mental Health of Stressed Staff


UK employers show a lack of interest in the mental wellbeing of employees, even though many staff are suffering from stress, according to a new study of nearly 1,300 workers by ADP®.

The study finds:

A fifth of workers (20%) suffer stress on a daily basis
A third (33%) are so stressed that they’re considering finding a new job
Yet, a third (31%) say their employer isn’t interested in their mental wellbeing
Stress issues most severe in the healthcare sector
UK employers show a lack of interest in the mental wellbeing of employees, even though many staff are suffering from stress, according to a new study of nearly 1,300 workers by ADP®.

The research reveals that a third of UK workers (31%) say their employer has little or no interest in their mental health, despite the fact that a fifth (20%) are stressed out on a daily basis, and for almost a third (33%) the issue is so bad that they’re considering looking for a new role.

Mental health issues have risen in prominence in recent years, with high profile figures, such as Prince William and Prince Harry, speaking out to break the taboo around the subject, which affects one in four people every year. Yet despite this shift, the findings indicate that many employers are still brushing the issue under the carpet.

Workplace stress peaks amongst younger employees, according to the study, with 22% of workers under 35 saying they experience stress every day, and 42% saying that it is so bad, they’re considering jumping ship. This contrasts with only 19% and 26% respectively of those over 35 who feel this way, suggesting employees become better at managing stress as they get older.

"In todays employment market, particularly in skilled sectors such as law and IT where candidates have many choices of willing employers, it is important that companies take steps to ensure that they take mental health seriously" Steve Ricketts, Circle Managing Director, commented. "Done correctly, investments made in this area will improve staff retention and productivity. There is also a positive impact in terms of reputation and brand."

At Circle, it is important to us that we partner with organisations that mirror our own corporate ethics and values. As such, we offer free consultative advice to clients/potential clients who are interested in improving in this area. Contact us for details.

Post by Peter Hutchins March 16 2018 Categories: News, Recruitment, Technology, Legal