Survey shows most workers have ‘poor’ mental well-being.
Date: 24th Jun 2019
Two-thirds of employees (64 per cent) have ‘poor’ or ‘below average’ mental well-being, according to the Workplace Wellbeing Survey carried out by workplace consultant Peldon Rose.
Workplace stress is an increasingly significant issue within the UK’s workforce – over half a million workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety last year, affecting employee’s happiness, wellbeing and productivity.
The Workplace Wellbeing Survey of more than 950 respondents throughout the UK was run by Peldon Rose and the Stress Management Society across a variety of industries in November 2018 and was published for Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from 13-17 May.
Keen to explore the correlation between the work environment and stress and wellbeing in the workplace, Peldon Rose teamed up with the Stress Management Society to launch their latest nationwide Workplace wellbeing survey .
95% of respondents stated their physical work environment is important for their wellbeing and mental health but half say their current working environment doesn’t have a positive effect on their mental health (51%), wellbeing (49%), mood (47%) and productivity (43%). Furthermore, over a quarter (26%) felt their organisations do nothing to help their employees manage stress in the workplace.
The survey reveals a stress epidemic amongst the country’s workforce with two-thirds of employees (64%) having ‘poor’ or ‘below average’ mental wellbeing and over a third (36%) of people saying their workplace stress has been on-going for the past five years.
£6.5bn cost to businesses
The result of poor mental health is that half of all workers (48%) say that they have taken a day off work for their mental health. In total, 12.5 million working days were lost in 2017 due to stress (HSE 2016/2017) at a cost of £6.5 billion in 2017 to the UK economy.
• Almost half of workers (49 per cent) want a yoga and meditation room and exercise facilities (50 per cent) to help to tackle workplace stress, the findings reveal.
• Ninety-five per cent of individuals believe their workplace environment is important for their mental health and well-being. Yet, half of respondents state that their working environment does not have a positive effect on their mental health (51 per cent) and well-being (49 per cent).
• A quarter of employees (26 per cent) feel that their organisations do nothing to help their employees manage stress in the workplace.
• ‘Increasing or heavy workloads’ (56 per cent) ‘limited time to focus on well-being’ (46 per cent) and ‘poor, slow or out-of-date technology’ (37 per cent) are cited as the leading causes of workplace stress.
• Almost half of workers (48 per cent) stated that they had taken a day off work for their mental health.
Following the Workplace Wellbeing Survey we are expanding on one of the four initiatives for businesses to help tackle and reduce workplace stress – technology in the workplace.
Most people would agree that technology can increase stress. In fact, our latest survey reports 37% of respondents think that poor and out-dated technology is a leading cause of stress in the workplace. It is important to ensure everyone has the right technology and it works correctly to avoid unnecessary stress in the work environment. For some this may seem unfeasible financially, however paying to correct these issues sooner rather later will mean employees will face less stress inducing issues and save you time, money and effort in the long run.
To read a summary of the Workplace Wellbeing Survey findings, please click here.