New survey from jobs site CV-Library claims more than 40% of workers in the city had considered resigning with 75% believing there was too little mental health support. Tony McDonough reports
More than 40% of workers in Liverpool have considered quitting their jobs due to a lack of support around mental health, a new study reveals.
One of the UK’s biggest job sites, CV-Library, conducted the survey of 1,100 UK workers, including a Liverpool sample, and reported that 75% of workers believed that not enough was being done to support mental health in the workplace.
Among the Liverpool sample it shows almost 40% of people reported that aspects of their job can cause them to feel anxious or depressed an 38.5% said that they would be too embarrassed to disclose information about the state of their mental health to their employer.
What’s more, almost two thirds (61.5%) feel guilty for taking time off for mental health reasons.
People across the country were asked what measures companies can introduce to support their staff. The top five were:
- Promote a healthy work-life balance – 33.3%
- Talk more openly about mental health – 17%
- Have an internal counselling service for staff – 15%
- Create an environment where mental health is not stigmatised – 14.6%
- Refer employees to a counselling service – 12.5%
And the majority (89.6%) of workers in Liverpool believe that employers should offer mental health days for staff, with 83.3% agreeing that they’d be more likely to work for a company that did.
More than 90% also said that they believe that employers should be given training to help them understand mental health and how to help employees who may be suffering.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s concerning to learn that professionals in Liverpool aren’t feeling supported by their employers when it comes to their mental health and it’s clear more needs to be done to tackle this.
“It’s a sad reality that mental health problems can affect all areas of life. But if you’re struggling to cope at work, it’s important that you don’t suffer in silence.”