Mental health problems in the workplace are on the rise – here’s why

There are a few major factors

About 40% of employers said they had seen a rise in mental health problems in the workplace in just the last year.

The biggest cause of stress and anxiety was heavy workloads, management style and difficult relationships with colleagues, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) annual survey of absence management.

This is the sixth year in a row that more than 40% of respondents reported a rise in mental health problems at work.

Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD, said: “Unfortunately, this year’s survey shows the number of reported mental health problems has increased for many employers, and after over half a decade at these levels, we can’t afford to let this issue continue to grow any longer. As a nation we’re getting better at opening up the conversation around mental health, but there is still a long way to go.”

More than a fifth of managers admitted they did nothing to improve the mental health of their employees, such as providing a counselling service or offering flexible working.

Nearly a third said they were working towards increasing awareness of mental health issues across their workforce.

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  • Anonymous

    If pay was better we could relieve stress with better retail therapy at lunch.

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  • Nothing new - People have always been stressed at work, its just that now we are not as resilient as previous generations! Plus organisations like the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development telling us we are more stressed - Not that they have a vested interest of course!

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