A survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in conjunction with insurer Aviva has suggested that discussing mental health in the workplace is becoming ‘less taboo’ for both employers and employees.
Almost 30% of firms have experienced an increase in the number of employees taking time off work due to mental health issues.
Meanwhile, a further 33% of business owners reported an increase in the length of time staff members take off as a consequence of mental health concerns.
Employers are supporting employees with their mental health issues by reviewing individual workloads, agreeing to flexible working arrangements, organising counselling and training managers to better support their staff members.
Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC, said: ‘As the world of work changes, it is absolutely critical for business leaders to pay ever closer attention to the health and wellbeing of their employees – especially at a time when firms are facing severe challenges finding and retaining the skilled staff they need.’