Only 35% of managers in the UK are aware of mental health issues in the workplace, according to new research.
The Viking Direct study, which can be viewed in full here, found that only 17% of UK managers feel “very confident” in their ability to support colleagues experiencing mental health issues.
Despite this apparent skills deficit, mental health issues are common in the workplace. 65% of UK managers have been approached regarding issues relating to mental health, stress or anxiety. 42% have experienced a colleague requesting a day off for issues relating to mental health, stress or anxiety.
Compounding this is the survey’s finding that 67% of managers in the UK felt that there was a stigma around stress, anxiety and other issues with mental health in the workplace.
Clare Porciani, Senior Manager HR Operations UK & Ireland at Viking, said: “Our findings highlight that, despite the workplace showing great positive movements in quality of life, inclusivity and many other areas, we’re falling short when it comes to knowing how we can support those struggling with their mental health.With so many managers believing that mental health problems are stigmatised in the workplace, its plain to see that there’s a lot more to be done. “
“Employers need to ensure that every employee (and particularly managers) receive training around mental health issues, and that this training offers knowledge that each employee can fall back on should they notice a colleague struggling or should they themselves be affected.”
The survey was commissioned by Viking and carried out by OnePoll. Total sample size was 1,500 adults who manage staff.