The potential impact of mental ill health in the workplace

Take a look at some of the stats showing what effect mental ill health can have in the workplace. The government has also issued 6 quick tips to help improve the mental health of our nation’s workforce.

A staggering 89 percent of employees feel uncomfortable discussing their mental health with their managers, according to a report from Business in the Community.

That figure is especially troubling, as approximately 1 in 4 people in the United Kingdom experience a mental health problem each year, according to the NHS. This costs UK employers between £33 billion and £42 billion each year, according to Deloitte.

The negative impact of mental ill health in the workplace:

37% of individuals who deal with mental ill health are more likely to get into conflicts with colleagues

57% find it difficult to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities

80% find it difficult to concentrate

80% take longer to complete a task


Given the prevalence of mental health conditions and their profound effect on the workplace, the government suggests employers follow these six ‘mental health core standards’:

  1. Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan and include programmes that you will implement to achieve this goal. 
  1. Develop mental health awareness among employees.
  1. Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling.
  1. Provide employees with good working conditions and ensure they have a healthy work-life balance and opportunities for development.
  1. Promote effective people management through line managers and supervisors.
  1. Routinely monitor employee mental health and well-being