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Although around one in three people have experienced mental health issues, many employers are not dealing with the issue sensitively.
Research by CIPD found there has been an increase in the number of workers who have had mental health issues while employed – an increase from 25 per cent to more than 33 per cent over the past five years.
In many cases businesses are taking a reactive approach to the issue, but the CIPD believes it is more effective for companies to put in place preventative measures that will be more effective and productive.
The organisation believes encouraging more open discussion of mental wellbeing, as well as increased training for managers could lead to a more engaged and healthier workforce.
Rachel Suff, employment relations adviser at the CIPD, said: “With people’s experiences of mental health problems at work on the increase, it’s disappointing not to see more employers stepping up to address them.
“Mental health should get just as much attention, awareness and understanding as physical health, and employers have a responsibility to manage stress and mental health at work, making sure employees are aware of, and able to access, the support available to them.”
The survey looked at what types of support is currently available to employees, with 32 per cent saying their employer provided phased return to work and 30 per cent said they can access flexible working arrangements.
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