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Mental health impact on workplaces

As per HSE.gov, between 2020 and 2021, 822,000 employees experienced work-related stress, anxiety, or depression. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people suffering from work-related anxiety, depression, and stress had been on the rise, with the 2020/2021 figures surpassing those from 2018/2019. Out of the 822,000 affected individuals, 449,000 reported that their depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms were exacerbated by the pandemic’s impact.

In 2020/2021, work-related mental health issues affected 2,480 out of every 100,000 workers, accounting for 50% of all work-related health problems. The primary factors contributing to these mental health issues (anxiety, depression, and stress) were identified as tight deadlines, insufficient managerial support, and excessive responsibility.

Mental health at work

According to a report by Stevenson/Farmer for the UK government, the financial impact of mental health problems in the workplace ranges from £33 to £42 billion annually. Presenteeism, which refers to employees being physically present but less productive due to mental health issues, accounts for 50% of this cost.

A survey conducted by CV Library revealed that 14.1% of respondents identified themselves as having a mental health issue, and 89% of them reported that their mental health problems affected their work performance. These issues included pre-existing conditions impacting work life and work-related factors affecting mental health.

Time to Change discovered that 95% of individuals experiencing mental health problems provided an alternative reason when calling in sick. In the UK, mental health issues are responsible for nearly half of all long-term sick leave cases.

In today’s world, addressing mental health issues has become increasingly important due to the growing number of individuals affected by them. Solutions may range from providing one-on-one counseling for employees to organizing training sessions that educate larger groups on the subject.

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