However, almost 80% felt there was still some stigma associated with mental health issues in their workplaces.?Some even suggested that colleagues who talked openly about mental health are viewed negatively. The survey, ahead of the Mad World Summit on mental health in London this October, revealed that areas of improvement should include senior leadership doing more about openly discussing mental health and providing more training for line managers. Businesses should also develop an open culture and talk openly at all levels, stop “macho” cultures of working long hours and encourage employees to achieve goals and give praise when completed. ?The results reinforce our belief that while there is progress regarding attitudes to mental health, there is still a long way to go. Businesses must crave more knowledge, training and to be more understanding in order to effectively help ? and retain ? their employees,? said Simon Berger, co-founder of Mad World. ?By addressing mental wellbeing in the workplace, employees will benefit from better resilience and greater prevention. Organisations will benefit from more committed employee engagement, higher productivity and increased profitability “By harnessing the power of business, we can collectively increase understanding and acceptance, and normalise the parity of esteem of mental and physical health in society.?
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