Improve national employee mental wellbeing

We will use the findings of our national employee mental wellbeing surveys to inform guidance and best practice recommendations to improve employee wellbeing.

We are conducting the UK’s largest survey of mental wellbeing at work to gain a snapshot of the UK workforce’s mental wellbeing, and its capacity to support wellbeing.

We believe we are nearing a crisis point for mental wellbeing in work and it is a business critical issue for all organisations:

  • Mental health costs the UK £70 billion per year, equivalent to 4.5% of GDP.
  • Mental ill health costs each employer £1,035 per employee, per year. 
  • Failure to unlock the workforce’s full potential costs UK business £6 billion.
  • Only 2 in 5 employees are working at peak performance.  
  • Studies suggest that presenteeism from mental ill health alone costs the UK economy £15.1 billion per annum, almost twice the business cost of employee absence from work.
  • More line managers are experiencing stress-related ill-health and symptoms of psychological ill-health.
  • 3 in 5 managers are concerned about the impact of longer working hours on their stress levels.

There is still a stigma associated with mental health, through a lack of understanding.  People might feel very happy to tell a colleague about a physical injury they’ve sustained, but when it comes to mental health, people can keep this to themselves through fear of being treated differently or judged.

The National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey will take place annually over three years, in order to: 

  • Raise public and employer awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing; including the crucial role of the line manager.
  • Identify how equipped line managers and employees are to spot the early warning signs of poor mental health, to have a conversation around mental health, and to signpost colleagues to appropriate support.
  • Identify factors which may help or hinder the mental wellbeing of UK workforces.
  • Provide a rich research resource to build guidance and support for employers and employees.
  • Improve employee wellbeing in the UK through awareness raising and by sharing our Mental Wellbeing Toolkit with employers.