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49% say workplace more stressful now than 2013, according to Michael Page

Half of Brits (49%) think the workplace is more stressful now than it was in 2013 – with just one in 10 saying stress levels have decreased, according to research commissioned by Michael Page.

More than four in 10 Brits (45%) have had a job which they believe has had a negative impact on their mental wellbeing. Business leaders (63%), healthcare workers (57%) and teachers (55%) were the most vocal about the increased stress in their workplaces, which comes as little surprise given the current uncertainties across all three sectors.

The survey also found that:

  • Seven in 10 Brits think people are apprehensive about openly discussing their mental health at work (71%)
  • Two in five have lied about the reason for taking time off work due to mental health reasons (41%) - just 6% have told the truth
  • Nearly three quarters think that people are more sympathetic towards physical illness than mental illness because the symptoms are generally more evident (73%)
  • A third of people think they’d be better off ‘suffering in silence’ than talking to their boss about mental health problems (37%)

With seven out of 10 (68%) respondents saying employers should do more to improve understanding of mental health in the workplace, now’s the time for change.

Sarah Kirk, global director of diversity and inclusion at Michael Page, said, “Employers have a responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of their employees – and that extends to their mental wellbeing too. In this day and age, it’s saddening to hear Brits still think mental health is still a taboo subject, yet our research shows employees fear being ostracised, judged and even held back in their careers simply for discussing mental health in the workplace.

“As we mark this year’s World Mental Health Day I would implore employers to recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, both today and every day.

“Mental health problems affect a significant number of workers in the UK and worldwide, and without the necessary consideration, employers could find themselves being part of the problem – rather than the solution.”

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