Under pressure, under valued and lacking support: survey

HRM 17 Jan 2013

Employees are “under pressure”, “under valued” and “lack support”, new survey results have revealed.

That’s according to a UK-based Wellness at Work Survey conducted by OnePoll – when workers across the UK were asked about their mental health and well-being at work, and whether they felt happy in the work place, a dismal 29% of employees agreed with the statement “I am mostly happy”.

The results identified feelings of stress and lack of motivation as the major factors behind unhappiness at work, while 50% of respondents claimed they are stressed out by the pressure of their job and lack of well-being support from employers.

The survey also found just 11% of workers feel their employer offers relevant support – 67% stated that their employers didn't pay enough attention to the mental health and well-being of the workforce.

The survey discussion hypothesised that as mental ill-health is costing British businesses billions a year, employers must recognise the importance of mental stress in the workplace, just as much as physical well-being. “In general, the age group of 55+ are the ones who are lacking the most support from their employer. This could be down to a few reasons, such as they are of a generation who isn't comfortable with the modern world and may feel like they are being left behind,” Bernardo Moya, CEO at personal development company The Best Group, said. “Some employers aren't doing enough and there is a lack of good relationships between employer and employee,” he added.



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