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Working from home and mental health

There’s no denying that the Coronavirus has rocked the world in the past few months. Many of the UK workforce were placed on furlough by their employers as businesses sought to limit outgoings to help cashflow, with the aims of saving their business. Many other workers, such as those usually accustomed to working in an office, were able to continue their work at home.

Whilst there are many factors that have been encountered as people adjusted to working from home, a big question hung in the balance; what impact would working from home have on a worker’s mental health?

We commissioned a survey with leading global public opinion and data company, YouGov, to understand the impact that the change moving from an office environment to working from home could have on the public’s mental health.

Are employers doing enough to care for employee mental health?

Employee mental health

Increasingly, employers are under pressure to supply mental health support to their employees, and rightly so. With the Mental Health Act ensuring that employers are unable to discriminate against employees with either a diagnosed mental illness, or those who experience poor mental health sporadically, it’s more important than ever that businesses prove that they do their best to care for the people who work for them.

We wanted to know whether, before and during the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, employees still working felt that their employers do enough to care for their mental health; and 72% of people we surveyed felt that yas, their employers do enough to care for their mental health.

Other findings included:

Employee mental health

What are businesses doing to support the mental health of their employees?

Businesses by law are not legally obligated to provide mental healthcare support for their employees – however, many are opting to include some aspect of mental healthcare as a standard offering to their employees.

We were interested to know what exactly employees felt the businesses they worked for had done to look after their mental health. We asked the question “which, if any, of the following has the business you work for done to support your mental wellbeing whilst you have been working from home?” with answer options of;

SOURCE:Did you know? Mental Health First Aiders are trained to identify colleagues who might be struggling with their mental health, and are able to supply basic advice and support.

Employee mental health

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