The research also shows most people (56%) would not feel comfortable talking about issues such as depression or stress with their fellow workers, suggesting that stigmas remain and companies should be doing more to encourage their workers to open up about mental health issues.
Drawing on interviews with more than 3,000 people in employment, the Employee Insight Report assesses the financial wellbeing of the nation, and looks at employees’ attitudes towards pensions, retirement, benefits, savings and health in the workplace.
The findings reveal:
- Just 33% would feel comfortable talking to their employer if they have a mental health issue, like depression.
- 75% of respondents said they have felt stressed at work over the last 12 months but only 20% have taken time off work because of stress.
- 44% said they know a colleague who had given up work due to stress.
- A worrying 36% said that they knew colleagues that had complained of being stressed in the past, but their employer hadn’t done anything to help.
- 19% said their financial worries affect their work.
- Stigmas around mental health still persist and just 31% of employees in UK would be happy to talk with their work colleagues about taking time off following mental health issues and 56% wouldn’t do it.