Executive Summary / Introduction
Talk: Break the culture of silence that surrounds mental health by taking the Time to Change Employers Pledge
Train: Invest in basic mental health literacy for all employees
Take action: Implement the practical guidance found in Business in the Community's mental health for employers toolkit
Business is waking up to the scale of poor mental health in the workplace, but there is still a long way to go. Our second National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey in partnership with YouGov, part of a three-year collaborative project with business and five national partners, reveals that although there has been progress against our three calls to action and recommendations in the 2016 report, too many men and women with mental health issues are suffering in silence in work, unable to seek help from colleagues or managers. Fears of prejudice and exclusion are limiting employee's ability to achieve their full potential.
YouGov surveyed over 3,000 people in work across the UK for the study and found that three in five (60%) employees have experienced mental health issues because of work. Yet despite 53% of people feeling comfortable talking about mental health at work, a significant percentage of employees risk serious repercussions for disclosing a mental health issue. 15% of employees face dismissal, disciplinary action or demotion after disclosing a mental health issue at work (compared to 9% identified in similar research undertaken in 2016). Scaled up to the general working population, this could mean as many as 1.2 million people* negatively affected for disclosing mental health problems.