Business in the Community have launched the National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey – the UK’s largest survey of mental wellbeing at work, taking place annually over 3 years. It includes the personal wellbeing questions used by the Office of National Statistics to measure national wellbeing.
Are you aged 16-64+ and currently in employment in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?
Why businesses should take part in the survey?
Mental health costs the UK £70 billion per year, equivalent to 5% of GDP.
- Mental ill health costs each employer £1,035 per employee, per year.
- Failure to unlock the workforce’s full potential costs UK business £6 billion.
- Only 2 in 5 employees are working at peak performance.
- Studies suggest that presenteeism from mental ill health alone costs the UK economy £15.1 billion per annum, almost twice the business cost of employee absence from work.
- More line managers are experiencing stress-related ill-health and symptoms of psychological ill-health.
- 3 in 5 managers are concerned about the impact of longer working hours on their stress levels.
- There is still a stigma associated with mental health, through a lack of understanding. People might feel very happy to tell a colleague about a physical injury they’ve sustained, but when it comes to mental health, people can keep this to themselves through fear of being treated differently or judged.
- Only a third of employees received any support to manage workplace stress.
- Less than half of those that are affected by mental ill health feel confident to disclose their condition in the workplace, which can mean issues become more severe.