A recent survey carried out by One Poll, for the insurance firm Friends Life has found that a growing number of the working population are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression in the workplace.
The poll surveyed 2,000 working adults and found that 4 out of 10 working adults have suffered from stress, anxiety or depression in the past year and have not told their employer.
According to the survey younger working adults (18-24) are more likely to suffer from stress, depression or anxiety in the workplace.
The most common complaints for stress, anxiety or depression included heavy work loads, long working hours and poor management.
The survey also found that half of those interviewed were reluctant to discuss their mental health difficulties with their employers as they were concerned about damaging career prospects.
Unfortunately this survey reflects the “culture of silence” around mental health difficulties in the work place. Until this “culture of silence” in the work place is addressed, employees will continue to suffer in silence and ultimately employers will pay the price. Remember …a happy worker is a productive worker!
Sania Dar, Trainee Solicitor
Posted on Wednesday, 22nd October 2014