Business in the Community calls on employees to share experience of mental health at work

Business in the Community calls on employees to share experience of mental health at work

  • Mental Health at Work Survey 2018 in conjunction with Mercer launches today
  • BITC collaborating with national partners and employers to improve employee mental health in the UK and tackle stigma of disclosing mental health issues
  • Survey follows on from two previous surveys – but more work to be done

Business in the Community is calling on all UK employees to share their experiences of mental health at work as part of the Mental Health at Work Survey 2018, in conjunction with Mercer, which launches today.

The survey is the third in an annual series which aims to improve employee mental health by tackling the stigma associated with disclosing mental health issues, increasing acceptance and understanding, and helping to improve support for people experiencing mental health issues at work. While the previous two surveys have helped many employers to understand the scale of the issue and inspired them to take positive action, the 2017 survey shows there is much more still to be done:​

  • Three out of every five (60%) employees had experienced mental health issues due to work or where work was a related factor
  • 84% of managers accepted that employee wellbeing is their responsibility yet less than a quarter (24%) had received any training in mental health
  • In 15% of cases where employees disclosed a mental health issue to a line manager, the employee subsequently became subject to disciplinary procedures, demotion or dismissal.

Business in the Community is collaborating with national partners CIPD, ILM, Mind, Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health at Work, OUTstanding and The Work Foundation to collectively improve mental health at work and line manager capability. This coalition of experts will agree recommendations, based on the findings of the survey which will published in October. BITC’s wellbeing campaign supports flourishing people, flourishing business and flourishing communities.

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director at Business in the Community, said:

“Since our first benchmark survey in 2016, although slow progress is being made, there’s still a disconnect between how well senior leaders think their organisation is doing and what’s actually happening on the ground. That’s why we need a diverse range of people to take part in the Mental Health at Work 2018 survey to give us the best picture of what is happening in the UK, because thinking about mental health from different perspectives will help us to truly understand it. We are collaborating with partners and business to provide a UK barometer of UK employee mental health with the intention of continuing to work collectively to improve national wellbeing.

“I’d encourage all employers to ask their employees to take part and for individuals to take the survey and share it with their networks. By talking openly about the survey, we can continue the conversation about mental health, help to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues at work, prevent poor mental health and ensure employees experiencing mental health issues get the support they need.”

“With over half of employees having experienced mental health issues due to work, there is still much to be done to protect mental wellbeing in the workplace,” said Tony Wood, Mercer Marsh Benefits UK Leader. “Mercer is committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health in the workplace. By supporting the Mental Health at Work Survey, we want to raise awareness of the impact mental health issues can have on employees’ physical wellbeing and productivity, and encourage organisations to support colleagues who are affected by these issues.”

The survey will run for 11 weeks, kicking off during Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May 2018) and closing on 27 July. The findings will be published in October 2018 ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October.To take part in the survey please visit www.thewellbeingsurvey.org.uk

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About Business in the Community 
Business in the Community, part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent. We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.

We use our Responsible Business Map to guide members on a journey of continuous improvement, working across the whole responsible business agenda. From community engagement to employment, diversity and the circular economy, we offer expert advice and specialist resources, driving best practice by convening, sharing learning and recognising great performance across our influential network. 

About Mercer
Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organisations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Mercer’s more than 23,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With more than 60,000 colleagues and annual revenue over $13 billion, through its market-leading companies including Marsh, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit www.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer. In the UK, Mercer Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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