Recognising signs of mental health struggles in employees and how to help

20 Sep 2023

Emails pinging, phones ringing and deadlines looming. These everyday stresses, and the home lives that sit behind them, mean that workplaces can have factors that could impact your mental health. 

With one in four people in the UK facing mental health problems in the workplace, it’s important for employers to foster a positive workplace culture – one which acknowledges and supports mental health issues. 

Here, we explore mental health at work and how employers can take the support they offer to the next level.

How can the workplace affect people’s mental health?

Since the pandemic, hybrid and remote working has almost become an expectation from a job role. While there are many advantages to people working from home, such as increased leisure time and a better work-life balance, there are also downsides. Feelings of loneliness and isolation can creep in when people aren’t in regular contact with others, and working remotely can exacerbate this.

Likewise, burnout is all too common in the workplace. Pressures of deadlines and volume of work can leave someone feeling physically and mentally exhausted.

What should employers look out for?

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems experienced in the workplace – and it’s not always easy for employers to spot signs that someone is struggling. Here are a few key signs that could indicate an employee needs help: 

What support can employers offer?

Whether work is causing the health issue or aggravating it, employers have a legal and moral responsibility to support their staff. Many UK organisations support the retention of their teams with care initiatives and interventions, including:  

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