Executive Summary / Introduction
YouGov survey data from more than 4,000 employees forms the basis of the Mental Health at Work 2019 Report – Time to Take Ownership. The report shows that progress is being made, with evidence of increased awareness and positive action. However, it is not happening with the scale and speed needed. Unacceptably, some employers are still contributing to the psychological harm experienced by their staff through poor business practices and culture.
This is the fourth year of Business in the Community's (BITC) national Mental Health at Work survey, in partnership with Mercer Marsh Benefits and BITC’s Wellbeing Leadership Team. In the latest findings, 39 per cent of employees have experienced poor mental health due to work, or where work was a contributing factor, in the past year. This figure was 36 per cent in both 2017 and 2018, this increase shows movement in the wrong direction. The three main causes of work-related poor mental health are too much pressure, workload impacting on ability to take leave and a lack of support. More can, and should, be done by employers to relieve that pressure. Employee mental health is also affected by negative work relationships and people not feeling able to trust their managers.
The report sets out recommendations to show businesses how to create positive, inclusive workplace cultures that help rather than harm the mental health of the people who work for them. These recommendations are proposed by Business in the Community, Mercer Marsh Benefits and nine key national partners: Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD), Mind, Mental Health at Work, Mental Health First Aid England, Institute of Leadership and Management, Business Disability Forum, Involve, Salary Finance, Society of Occupational Medicine.