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Covid will lead to greater focus on mental health in workplace, study finds

However, it was discovered that 40% of workplaces are yet to implement any new mental health policies in response to the pandemic

66% of employees think that more time and resources will be dedicated to mental health in the workplace due to Covid, according to a study by workforce training course comparison site CoursesOnline. 

The data comes from an anonymous survey of UK employees from 300 companies carried out since the New Year which sought to identify attitudes towards mental wellbeing and how they have been shaped throughout the pandemic.

In the study, it was found that 60% of organisations who have opted to bring in new policies to address Covid related mental health issues, the most popular approaches were to assign responsibility for such matters to either an in house or external specialist, with 18% and 19% of respondents opting for these respective approaches. 

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However, it was discovered that 40% of workplaces are yet to implement any new mental health policies in response to the pandemic. In addition, 10% of respondents stated that if they had a mental health concern, then they would not speak to anyone about it

Sarah-Jane McQueen, general manager at CoursesOnline, said: “For the 40% of organisations not looking to do more in regards to mental health, there is a strong business case for them rethinking their approach – not to mention that there is a clear expectation from the majority of workers that some form of action is taken.

“Regardless of where or how you operate, mental health issues account for a significant proportion of days off so I would think that firms would be keen to gain back some of this productivity if nothing else.”

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