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Experts blame lack of trust as survey finds one in six workers do not receive enough mental health support

Summary

A new report has found that only 16% of employees feel they receive sufficient mental health support at work. This has led to an increase in anxiety among employees, with 55% having experienced severe anxiety in the last 12 months. This lack of trust is causing workers to avoid leadership roles, not lead team meetings, and not disclose mental health issues to HR or management. Leadership coaches and trainers suggest that more vulnerability amongst managers would create a safe space for staff to seek help. Companies are advised to use the tools at their disposal, such as mental health first aiders, to create a robust package of tools for workers. The Equality Act 2010 also states that employers are under a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.

Q&As

What percentage of employees surveyed feel they receive sufficient mental health support at work?
16 per cent

What factors are leading to a lack of trust in the workplace?
A lack of trust in workplaces, fear of judgement, and a lack of commitment and accountability.

How can HR create a safe space for employees to share their mental health issues?
By introducing well-trained and supported mental health first aiders, creating an environment in which employees feel comfortable telling the truth, and showing more vulnerability in the workplace.

What are the consequences of employees not disclosing their mental health concerns at work?
Avoiding leadership roles in company-wide meetings, not leading team meetings, masking, not taking on new responsibilities, and a worsening of symptoms.

What are the legal implications of employers not being aware of an employee's disability?
Employers are under a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees where they know or ought reasonably to have known “of the disability and the disadvantage faced by the employee”. If an employee fails to declare that they have a disability, the employer is not necessarily off the hook if they regardless should have known of the disability.

AI Comments

👍 This article provides great insight into the issues surrounding workplace mental health and offers helpful advice on how employers can support their employees.

👎 This article does not really address the root causes of the problem, which is a lack of trust between employers and employees.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about how only one sixth of employees feel they receive enough mental health support at work, and experts are blaming a lack of trust in workplaces as the main issue. They call for managers to be open about their own wellbeing challenges to create a safe space for staff to seek help.

Friend: Wow, that's really concerning. It's important that employers create an environment that encourages people to talk openly about their mental health.

Me: Absolutely. The article also highlighted that many employees feel too exposed and vulnerable to share their mental health issues at work, and they fear judgement if they do so. HR and managers need to be aware of this and create a safe space for employees to speak up. Additionally, employers should provide adequate mental health support and training for their staff.

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Technical terms

Lack of trust
A lack of trust is when people do not feel comfortable or safe enough to share information or feelings with each other.
Severe anxiety
Severe anxiety is a feeling of intense fear or worry that can interfere with daily life.
Leadership roles
Leadership roles are positions of authority in which a person is responsible for leading and managing a team or organization.
Team cultures
Team cultures are the shared values, beliefs, and behaviors that define a team or organization.
Masking
Masking is a coping mechanism in which a person hides their true feelings or emotions in order to fit in or avoid conflict.
Disclose
To disclose is to reveal or make known information that was previously kept private.
Vulnerability
Vulnerability is the state of being exposed to physical or emotional harm.
Judgement
Judgement is the act of forming an opinion or evaluation of something.
Mitigations
Mitigations are measures taken to reduce the severity or impact of a problem.
Reasonable adjustments
Reasonable adjustments are changes made to the workplace or job role to accommodate an employee with a disability.
Disability
A disability is a physical or mental impairment that limits a person's ability to perform certain activities.

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