More than one in four (26%) of employers that were made aware of staff members suffering from stress have not offered them adequate support, new research has found.
The study by GoodHabitz also revealed that in terms of employee wellbeing, three in five (61%) workers do not speak to their managers regularly about it, while more than half (53%) believe their company does not invest in it.
Nearly one in five (19%) of the 1,585 UK respondents surveyed by the digital learning provider admitted they still uncomfortable discussing mental health at their organisation.
However, 77% think that a positive connection with colleagues and their manager boosts their sense of workplace wellbeing.
Martin Coles, customer success coach at GoodHabitz, said: “Over the past year, workers across the globe have struggled with stress and burnout, underscoring the urgent need for a comprehensive approach to mental wellbeing. Among these individuals, approximately half chose to confront their difficulties in isolation without seeking support from their supervisors.
“This unspoken crisis emphasises the need to foster environments where open conversations around mental health are not only welcomed, but actively encouraged. However, this isn’t solely about talk; it’s about arming people with the skills and resources they require to have understanding and compassionate discussions.”
Overall GoodHabitz polled 24,235 workers in the UK, Europe, Latin America and Australia to assess the effects of mental health and wellbeing on their work.
Three in five (60%) of respondents who believe that the right culture would help improve their happiness at work cited creating an environment that supports good mental wellbeing as a top priority.
The same percentage also said personal development opportunities would also help their wellbeing and improve their happiness at work.
Sandrien Boogaard, HR director at GoodHabitz, added: This new report shows us that nurturing personal development fosters a vibrant work culture and makes employees feel happier. The numbers reflect what I witness in my function as an HR professional: I believe that progressive companies must recognise the intrinsic link between the overall wellbeing of their employees and their work happiness. It is essential for managers to undergo training to effectively address and support this connection, fostering a positive and thriving work environment.”