Mental Health

Prioritizing Mental Health in the Workplace: Key Statistics.

The importance of addressing mental health in the workplace cannot be overstated. A recent survey sheds light on the attitudes and expectations of young professionals regarding mental health support at work. Let’s delve into the key statistics that highlight the significance of prioritizing mental well-being in the workplace.



Key Points:

  • 68% of respondents believe it should be acceptable to openly discuss mental health at work.
  • 84% of respondents emphasize the need for developing mental health awareness skills at work to support colleagues.
  • 79% of respondents perceive a supportive and approachable line manager as positively impacting their mental health.
  • 37% of respondents express a greater likelihood of accessing mental health support at work if their line manager discusses it.
  • 55% of respondents believe that incorporating “rest and recovery” periods between busy work periods promotes positive mental health.
  • 38% of respondents seek assistance in establishing boundaries between work and personal life.
  • 33% of respondents desire additional mental health support, such as access to counsellors, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and private mental health insurance.
  • 32% of respondents express interest in employer-provided training to enhance their confidence and skills in managing their mental health.
  • 79% of respondents perceive the hybrid working model positively, but it poses challenges such as networking and work-life balance.
  • 66% of respondents would be more inclined to stay with an organization that prioritizes their mental health, while 42% would actively advocate for such an employer.
  • Conversely, a lack of support for positive mental health would result in decreased effectiveness (59%), disengagement (54%), and a desire to leave the organization (55%) among the majority of respondents.
  • When seeking new job opportunities, 74% of respondents consider work-life balance, and 47% value knowing that their mental well-being will be prioritized.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the significance of mental health support in the workplace due to increased remote work, isolation, and uncertainty.

The survey findings clearly demonstrate that young professionals highly value employers who prioritize mental health support. Organizations that take proactive steps to address mental well-being are more likely to attract and retain top talent, while those neglecting this aspect risk disengaging and losing their workforce. As we continue to navigate the challenges brought about by the pandemic, it is crucial for organizations to prioritize the mental health of their employees and foster a workplace culture that supports positive mental well-being.

To attract and retain the best young talent, employers must recognize the importance of mental health and well-being. By providing mental health support, promoting work-life balance, and encouraging open conversations, organizations can create an environment where employees feel valued, supported, and motivated to excel in their work.

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