According to a study conducted between August and September 2020, one in four employees who are suffering from a mental health condition is experiencing hindrances within their career.
Reason being, they are not receiving the same chances as their colleagues to develop within their role.
It was revealed that 10,000 employees, with mental health disorders, were involved in the study. Out of this total, 24 per cent of people stated that any chance of career development had become restricted. Additionally, 12 per cent claimed their illness harmed their probability of being chosen for a role.
The survey also discovered that 28 per cent of the participants with these mental health issues were under 25-year-olds. Participants aged 55 and over made up 20 per cent. Furthermore, women made up 27 per cent in comparison to men at 18 per cent.
Therefore, mental health specialists are calling upon companies to not discriminate against their employees that are coping with mental wellbeing issues.
“Employers and HR teams needed to focus on creating an environment that truly supported wellbeing.
“Flexible hours, wellbeing plans and mental health training were small steps that employers can take to ensure that everyone feels supported at work and can perform to the best of their ability”, states Laura Peters – who is the head of advice and information services at Mental Health UK.
The director of policy at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Sophie Wingfield, stated that “Individuals must have faith that they have a genuine chance to progress in work and not be held back by a disability, either visible or invisible.
“Recruiters could help employers by making sure people with experience of mental health difficulties were not excluded.”
Tackling mental health within the workplace is essential, now more than ever. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the inescapable worries surrounding the UK’s economic struggles, employees will be experiencing more stress and anxiety.
Samantha Randall, an Employment Law expert at Palmers, said: “The research shows that many workers with mental health conditions feel as though they are facing disadvantages at work, compared to their colleagues.
“If you require help and advice relating to employee wellbeing at work, it is essential that you seek specialist advice.”
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