STUC raises alarm over “low levels of trust” between workers and employers, as mental health toll of winter deepens.

December 29th 2020

STUC raises alarm over “low levels of trust” between workers and employers, as mental health toll of winter deepens.

December 29th 2020

The STUC surveyed over a thousand workers and found that the crisis has exacerbated a pre-existing lack of trust in employers when it comes to disclosing mental health conditions.

The survey found that:

• Workers’ mental health has been significantly affected throughout COVID-19. Those whose mental health has improved have expressed this has been due to feeling more in control and being away from work

• Most workers do not trust their employers in relation to supporting their mental health

• 43% of people have been offered no form of risk assessment for working at home

• Most people do not feel supported by their employer when disclosing that there are battling with poor mental health. 47% do not feel comfortable disclosing to their employer

• 67% of people who have disclosed they have a mental health issue or illness have been offered no form of reasonable adjustment for their mental health.

STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:

“Our survey results should be a stark wake up call to employers. As we continue through a difficult winter, many workers will be feeling isolated, stressed and anxious. Many people’s usual coping mechanisms are not available to them, and for many the heightened pressure will spill over into their work lives.

“Employers must work to build up trust with staff. This should include transparent workplace policies regarding mental health, decent sick pay and leave for those who are unable to work and a workplace culture free from bullying.

“Let 2021 be the year that employers start to take mental health seriously and support their workers.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact Dave Moxham on 07891026870.

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