Managing and supporting mental health at work
The issue of mental ill health is still being swept under the carpet in most workplaces, with just four in ten employees saying they would feel confident to disclose a mental health problem to their employer.
That’s according to the latest research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), published in December 2011 to coincide with the launch of a guide to help more employers to manage and support mental health at work, which has been developed by CIPD and leading mental health charity Mind.
The survey of 2,000 people in employment in the UK reveals that despite more than a quarter (26%) of employees having experienced a mental health problem while in employment, too few employers are taking positive steps to manage this increasingly business critical issue.
Just 25% of respondents say their organisation encourages staff to talk openly about mental health problems and only 37% say their employer supports employees with mental health problems well.
The guide, Managing and supporting mental health at work – disclosure tools for managers (PDF), will help employers ensure that how they manage people supports their mental wellbeing and resilience, and also encourage more employees to talk about any mental health issues they may be facing at an early stage.