More guidance must be offered to employers and workers to help support those with mental health issues in the workplace, according to research by Acas.
The study by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), a non-departmental public body of the government that aims to improve organisations and working life through the promotion and facilitation of strong industrial relations practice, drew on national surveys conducted with human resource professionals, business owners and employees working across a range of sectors, regions and business size.
It says that current work adjustments for employees with mental ill-health “appears to be varied and inconsistent”.
The study indicates that there needed to be “a clear picture of current practices in the UK” to understand the experiences of employees with mental ill-health accessing work adjustments (such as flexible working) and of those wishing to access adjustment but are unable to do so.
Acas also states that there needed to be an enhancement of guidance available to employees, colleagues, managers and professionals working within occupational health and human resources. The evidence base for work adjustments for mental ill-health also needs to be built up.
The report adds: “Taking these steps will help ensure that employees with mental ill-health are offered clear and consistent advice, in a way that is timely, supportive and enables them to better manage their mental health and maintain their ability to work.”