84% of young workers are suffering with work-related stress

Published 9th October 2018 by Charlotte Smith

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  • 84% of 18-24 year olds say they have experienced stress at work
  • 62% have experienced work-related stress at home
  • 63% agree that their job has negatively impacted their mental health

These findings in Investors in People’s Managing Mental Health at Work 2018 report published in May suggest that young people aged 18-24 are the demographic whose mental health is most affected by stress and other related workplace pressures. This is why Investors in People are proud to support World Mental Health Day’s specific focus on young people in a changing world.

The research carried out by Investors in People earlier this year sought to unpick how stress at work is impacting broader mental health for employees up and down the UK. The trends clearly pointed to our young workforce feeling the pressure; namely that 63% of 18-24 year olds feel that their job has negatively impacted their mental health. Not only is this a concerning pattern for the wellbeing of Millennial  and Gen Z workers, it is also damaging our national productivity.

When analysing the average office by colleague attitude, managerial trust and general culture, Investors in People revealed these trends:

  • Only 35% of 18-24 year olds feel that their workplace supports their mental health
  • 57% of young workers feel that they can talk to colleagues if stressed at work
  • just 44% trust their line manager with mental health issues.

The above figures clearly illustrate that for many of the UK’s young workers, trust is lacking in their workplaces. This lack of trust makes it difficult for them to open up to the people in the organisation who might be in a position to help them. This is particularly the case for the missing trust between line managers and their teams.

Mind recently carried out similar research which found that just 2 in 5 workers felt that their line manager would be able to spot the signs of a mental health condition.  Line managers must receive adequate training in understanding the signs and flags that suggest one of their people might be struggling. If they aren’t aware of how to spot the warning signs that someone is struggling, then they can’t work proactively to help.

Of the importance of the World Mental Health Day 2018’s focus on young people, IIP CEO Paul Devoy said: ‘Clearly, there is a lot of work to be done by organisations up and down the country when it comes to supporting young people’s mental health at work. It is unacceptable that only 44% of 18-24 year olds would trust their line manager with a mental health issue and it suggests that a significant cultural shift is necessary to create the atmosphere of trust that employees need to broach the difficult subject of mental health in the office.’

Paul continued: ‘Taking the first step in improving the state of mental health support in your organisation can be daunting, but in the long term it’s the right thing to do for your people and your business.’

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To read Investors in People’s Managing Mental Health in the Workplace, please follow this link: https://www.investorsinpeople.com/managing-mental-health-in-the-workplace/