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Over a quarter of employees with mental health issues not offered support, Hays finds

A recent global survey by Hays has revealed over a quarter of workers who raised a mental health issue at work were not offered support from their employer.

Hays recently surveyed over 1,400 people across nearly 100 countries and asked whether they had ever spoken to their employer about a mental health issue. Those who answered yes revealed the level of support they received from their employer, including; 25.3% who were given time to talk confidentially with their manager; 19.9% who were provided with some form of counselling or therapy; 15.5% who were given time off; and 10% who were given adjusted workload or responsibilities. However, 27% of those who responded said they received no support from their employer. 

Of those respondents who answered that they hadn’t raised a mental health issue, 33% said they didn’t feel comfortable speaking to their manager, while 26% stated they were worried it might harm their career progression, 24% declared they were concerned with confidentially and 14% were not aware of the support that was available to them.

Sandra Henke, Hays group head of people & culture, commented, “This survey has highlighted the importance organisations must place on educating their workforce about the support that is available to them should they experience a mental health issue. And more importantly, creating a culture in which employees feel they can approach their manager with such issues. The well-being of employees should be paramount for organisations and managers must ensure they are supporting their employees as a priority.”

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