Research from Business in the Community shows that 61% of employees have experienced mental health issues due to work. So the increased focus on mental health at work is welcome; some of the UK’s biggest banks and law firms launched the Mindful Business Charter yesterday to coincide with World Mental Health Day, in which they commit to removing unnecessary sources of workplace stress, such as pressure to complete work ahead of deadline.
This is welcome action, as a report by The Institute of Leadership & Management, Mind Culture, which offers insight into the issue of mental ill health in the workplace, found that support with workload would help reduce workplace pressure which can lead to mental illness. Yet do employers recognize that reducing the working week might also have a role in offering this support, contributing to better work-life balance and therefore, possibly, better mental health?
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