A new survey of more than 1,000 prominent business leaders from across the UK suggests that British employers are increasingly recognising mental health issues in the workplace and doing more to support staff who are struggling.
According to the research, which was carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in collaboration with insurance company Aviva, mental health is becoming less ‘taboo’ at work, as employers move to offer more support to their staff when they are battling with depression, anxiety and other issues.
The study found that more than a third (36 per cent) of employers have begun reviewing individual staff members’ workloads to ensure they are not too overloaded or stressed out.
It also found that 35 per cent of businesses have begun offering flexible working to their employees, while 20 per cent have started organising counselling for staff and 18 per cent have invested money in training managers on how to better support people living with mental health issues.
Furthermore, the survey revealed that one in three business leaders has seen an increase in the amount of time their employees have been taking off to recover from mental health issues.
However, the research suggested that there was still a long way for firms to go to support their staff.
For example, it found that almost half (49 per cent) of businesses were not liaising with external bodies when offering occupational health services to workers, while 10 per cent were not aware that such support was available.