One in three UK employees have a mental health condition

17 October 2018 | beando_admin

It has been revealed that one in three UK employees have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. 

That’s according to a survey by Business in the Community (BITC), in partnership with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. The survey also found that financial services jobs are 44 percent more likely to cause a stress-related illness than the average role in the UK.

Employees within the financial services sector, such as those in banking and accountancy blame this rise in mental health issues on long working hours and a lack of emphasis placed on workplace wellbeing by employers. 

Only 60 percent of employees believe that their manager has a genuine concern for their wellbeing, according to the BITC survey, while 64 percent of managers admitted to putting their organisation’s interests above staff wellbeing. Worryingly, 61 percent of UK employees have experienced poor mental health solely because of work.

Read: How meditation can make you a better manager

Workplace wellbeing training

On the surface, it seems that more accountancy firms and businesses in general are introducing positive policies such as flexible working and are promoting employee wellbeing to help combat stress. However, the survey found that only 30 percent of managers have actually received any training around mental health. 

According to Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends report, UK employers are more likely to offer mental health support to their staff than their counterparts around the world. However, it’s clear that not enough support and training is being made available in workplaces across the country. So what can be done?

beanddo’s modern meditation for business programme can be taught directly in the workplace and all employees are encouraged to participate. Meditation can not only make someone a better manager, it can also make them a better colleague

The core asset of any business is its people and our workplace meditation programme has a proven track record of helping to reduce workplace stress, build employee resilience and improve productivity. 

Our business programme is ideal for employees within the financial services sector, whether HR managers, team leaders or line managers. In fact, anyone who wants to do better by their employees and colleagues. 

All sessions are led by an experienced meditator and teacher and the beanddo techniques are useful for everyday life, helping to improve personal relationships and business performance.

Interested in bringing a meditation taster session to your workplace? Get in touch with the beanddo team today.

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