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MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: 53% of employees say bosses don’t care about their wellbeing

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More than half of all employees believe their employer is not showing enough concern for their mental health during the current coronavirus lockdown, new research reveals.

As today marks the launch of Mental Health Week (18th-24th May 2020), a study conducted by global HR and analytics company MHR has highlighted that 53% of employees feel a lack of support in regard to the self guarding of their mental health. 

The news breaks as the UK enters its 56th day of national lockdown. While some industries (under new government law) have been encouraged to return to the workplace, the majority of offices remain close. Leaving many British employees working from home or on furlough schemes.

Working under quarantine can bring a new set of emotional challenges for employees.

Polling 5,000 UK employees, the research revealed 66% of respondents are worried about the effects of the pandemic on their job, with more than 76% wanting increased contact with their managers to discuss their health and wellbeing, performance and workload.

What’s more, is that the poll found less than 24% of managers regularly check in with their employees to talk about mental health and wellbeing.

And a further 43% of employees said their manager makes no effort at all to check in with them during the current lockdown, despite the duty of care employers have for the wellbeing of their workforce.

“As we enter Mental Health Awareness Week, our poll clearly highlights the need for more regular communication between managers and employees. Organisations must utilise technology to connect their remote workforce and enable better people engagement. Organisations need to prioritise creating a culture of collaboration, transparency and kindness during this difficult time,” said Anton Roe, CEO, MHR.

He continues..

“Many employees find themselves in isolated situations when working from home, and the physical workplace was an important means of social interaction. It is essential that managers demonstrate to employees that their safety and wellbeing is paramount.

Regular check-ins can help managers and employees to stay connected. This gives a useful insight to the line manager about how an employee is faring in the current climate and provide the necessary reassurance and support to aid their mental wellbeing,”

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