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Mental Health in the Media – Vol. 1, No. 2

Workplaces Absences Soar to Highest Level in a Decade as ‘stress’ found to be major factor

CIPD and Simply Health Urge Businesses to Foster Workplace Health. This call to action follows their analysis of sickness absence and employee health across 918 organizations, representing 6.5 million employees. The report reveals that employees were absent from work for an average of 7.8 days over the past year, marking the highest rate in over a decade.

Identifying the causes of workload stress and tackling different management styles

The CIPD Wellbeing at Work 2023 report reveals stress as a leading cause of both short-term and long-term absences. A substantial 76% of respondents reported stress-related absences in their organizations within the past year, and this number soared to 92% for organizations with over 250 employees. This highlights the pressing need to address workplace stress and its impact on employee well-being.

Three quarters of professionals have an unhealthy relationship with work, study finds

According to HP’s 2023 global study of 15,624 professionals, a concerning trend emerges among UK office employees. A substantial 75% of them define their relationship with work as unhealthy, which has noticeable impacts on their mental and physical well-being, as well as their personal relationships. This highlights the urgent need to address work-life balance issues in the workplace.

 UK companies brace for growing cost from mental health crisis

In the UK, there’s a growing demand for company-funded mental health services, reflecting the private sector’s increasing role in addressing a wellbeing crisis that the government is finding challenging to fund.                                                                                                                        

Wellbeing Washing: When Your Boss Pretends to Care About Your Mental Health

 While around 71% of workplaces acknowledge mental health awareness days or weeks, a survey reveals that only 36% of employees in these companies rate their mental health support as “good” or “outstanding.” A study by Monster in April found that 75% of workers believe their employers are not doing enough to support them, with many describing their work environments as toxic.

The Psychological Need for Meaningful Work

Meaningful work, rooted in purpose and connection, directly influences job satisfaction and overall health. Inclusivity in workplaces celebrates diverse backgrounds, leading to reduced stress and increased performance.

The Final Workplace Taboo? Stigma Is Stopping Effective Suicide Prevention

MHFA England’s research highlights a concerning lack of knowledge about addressing colleagues’ suicidal thoughts. 



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