Workloads, management style and relations with colleagues are main causes, finds CIPD Absence Management survey

An increase in mental ill-health among workers has been reported by two-fifths of employers questioned in the CIPD’s 2015 Absence Management survey.

Respondents to the annual survey pointed to heavy workloads, management style and difficult relationships with colleagues as the main causes behind stress and anxiety in the workplace.

This is the sixth consecutive year that more than 40 per cent of respondents to the survey have reported a rise in mental ill-health at work. By comparison, in 2009 less than a quarter (24 per cent) said they had seen a rise in mental health issues among their workforce.

More than a fifth (22 per cent) of employers admitted they were not taking any action to improve the mental health of their employees, such as providing a counselling service or offering flexible working. And only 31 per cent said they were working towards increasing awareness of mental health issues across their workforce.

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