Mental Health at Work 2020: key findings - Business in the Community

Mental Health at Work 2020: key findings

Revealing the scale and impact of COVID-19 on employees this report shares three important calls to action.

Key Findings: Mental Health at Work 2020 reveals the scale and impact of the pandemic on the mental health of employees. The report also profiles the impressive progress that employers have continued to make in the face of more than six months of disruption. In addition, this creates optimism for the future as the nation’s businesses continue to navigate through the evolving crisis, and build back responsibly.

Employer calls to action

Download the two page report to learn more about the three employer calls to action

  • Elevate mental health and safety on a par with physical health and safety. Use the six standards set out in the Mental Health at Work Commitment as a framework for action.
  • Redesign jobs to support the promotion of long-term mental health. This will build on the new ways of working since COVID-19. Avoid employee burn-out by recognising pressure and workload are the biggest drivers of work-related poor mental health.
  • Do not shy away from challenging issues; update your policies on domestic abuse, suicide and bereavement.

About Business in the Community’s (BITC) work on wellbeing

Business in the Community defines “wellbeing” as the mutually supportive relationship between an individual’s mental, physical, social and financial health and their personal wellbeing.

Taking a whole organisation approach to embedding wellbeing into an organisational culture is key to achieving maximum impact. Wellbeing should be positioned as a strategic boardroom issue supporting thriving people, thriving business and thriving communities.

Health and wellbeing are key components of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Map. The aim of the Wellbeing Workwell Model is to help businesses create environments where individuals and organisations can be at their best. This will be achieved by taking a preventative, whole-person, whole-organisation approach to health and wellbeing.

Read more about BITC’s wellbeing agenda

The Mental Health at Work report and accompanying infographic have been produced in partnership with Bupa and the Business in the Community wellbeing leadership team.

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