Wellbeing & Benefits


Research carried out by YouGov on behalf of mental health charity Mind and the Mayor of London, reveals the damaging impact stress is having on employees.

In a survey of 1250 workers in England and Wales, nearly one in five (18 per cent) said that they had developed depression as a result of workplace stress, while over one in four (26 per cent) had developed anxiety.

Workplace stress had caused 42 per cent of respondents to consider resigning, while 40 per cent had looked for a new job elsewhere. Nearly one in seven (14 per cent) had actually handed in their notice because of workplace stress.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “Poor mental health is hugely prevalent in workplaces, with many employees under so much stress that they’re leaving their jobs. A big part of the problem is that staff often don’t feel able to speak out about mental health and seek support before problems spiral.

“Encouragingly, in London, a revolution is taking place around the water cooler as more and more people talk openly about wellbeing at work.

“We are now at a tipping point, with increasing acknowledgement from employers that more needs to be done to help people stay well at work, tackle the work-related causes of poor mental health and support staff experiencing mental health problems.

“By fostering a mentally healthy workplace culture and putting in place the right support, businesses are able to achieve peak performance. We now need mental health at work to become a priority for every organisation across the UK, beyond the capital.”

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “We established the Healthy Workplace Charter to encourage employers to invest in staff health and wellbeing, including mental ill-health. It’s an issue that can be personally devastating, but supporting the well-being of employees also makes sound business sense.

“Our own research has shown that the loss in productivity and other impacts of mental ill health cost the London economy £26 billion a year, so there is an economic as well as personal price to be paid. That more organisations are beginning to treat mental health amongst their staff seriously is to be welcomed and I would urge other organisations to follow their lead.”

Senior business leaders are today speaking out about how they are supporting the wellbeing of their employees and urging other organisations to follow suit. Eleven executives from across sectors have contributed to ‘Getting Ahead: Why Mental Health at Work Matters’ – a ground breaking collection of thought pieces detailing how their organisation prioritises the mental health and wellbeing of employees.

The collection outlines what each senior leader is doing within their business to benefit the wellbeing of staff, including those experiencing stress or a mental health problem, and will be presented at a breakfast event this morning at City Hall.

Experts in the field of workplace wellbeing Paul Farmer and Professor Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director of Public Health England and Health Advisor to the Mayor of London, will deliver keynote speeches. A panel discussion on the importance of mental health as a business priority is to be chaired by Mark Easton, Home Editor at the BBC, and will feature contributors from the collection of essays.


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