Mental Health at Work Report 2018

In the third year of Business in the Community’s (BITC) National Mental Health Survey, we celebrate the progress that has been made. Good practice exists in some organisations, but for the vast majority of employees, mental health is still a no-go area. The subject cannot be shared with colleagues or managers for fear of discrimination and victimisation. Mental Health at Work Report 2018, produced in conjunction with Mercer, argues managers must make the same reasonable adjustment for mental health as physical health to enable people with mental health issues to remain in or return to work.

Key findings in BITC’s
Mental Health at Work Report 2018

– Unlike physical health, the foundation building blocks for mental health are not yet well established. It is vital these are put in place if real progress is to be made
– Despite progress, too many employees continue to suffer in silence at work, unable to fulfil their potential through a fear of prejudice and exclusion
– Good employee mental health is crucial to running a successful, sustainable organisation
– Intersectionality increasingly features as a focal point in discussions about workplace mental health, and Mental Health at Work Report 2018 emphasises the need for a targeted approach by employers to make a connection
– Just 60 per cent of employees feel their line manager is genuinely concerned for their wellbeing, although this is rising (58 per cent in 2017, 55 per cent in 2016). 64 per cent of managers put the interests of their organisation above staff wellbeing at some point (and 12 per cent do so every day).
– Lack of high-quality mental health training for line managers continues to be a pivotal issue.

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