Two-thirds of workers have poor or below average mental health.
In a recent study of employees/manages found that about two-thirds have poor or below average mental health. The BetterMe approach to mental wellbeing helps people to build up their confidence, self-esteem, resilience and emotional intelligence. Businesses, companies should invest in their employee’s mental wellbeing. Apart from anything else it makes business sense. There is a lot of research that show that companies that have a workforce that has emotional intelligence, good mental wellbeing, confidence, etc. are more productive.
A study has found that, as a stress epidemic sweeps the nation, 64% of workers reported having poor or below average mental health.
A nationwide survey, by Peldon Rose and The Stress Management Society, has found that the majority of employees are struggling with their mental health in the workplace. A worrying 64% scored “poor” or “below average” according to the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale – a scale that uses seven questions to evaluate an individual’s emotions, relationships, and psychological functioning.
Researchers point to a “stress epidemic” in the country’s workplaces as the reason behind the results, with a further 36% of respondents reporting that their workplace stress has been on-going for the past five years. Behind the stress, the survey found that “increasing or heavy workloads” (56%) and “limited time to focus on wellbeing” (46%), were two of the main causes.
To address these dire statistics, the Stress Management Society is calling for a “radical new approach” to helping employees tackle stress, with the survey also revealing that 49% of employees would like a yoga and meditation room in their workplace, followed by 50% calling for exercise facilities, and 42%
for quiet, private working areas.
Commenting on the findings, Neil Shah, chief de-stressing officer of The Stress Management Society said:
“I am a massive believer that going to work should make you healthy. Most organisations want to reduce or
mitigate the amount of stress or poor wellbeing they cause their employees – how about turning that on its head, so going to work boosts your wellbeing and is good for your mental, physical and emotional state?”
To find out more about the results, take stress tests, and find tips for managing pressure, visit stress.org.uk
From an article in Happiful Magazine