Research by Acas has found that over a third (36 per cent) of British employers have seen their mental health support improve since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Acas commissioned YouGov to ask businesses in Britain whether they had seen a change to employee mental health and wellbeing support in their organisation since the start of the pandemic. The poll found that:
- over a third (36 per cent) said it had got better;
- nearly one in 10 (9 per cent) said it had got worse;
- half (50 per cent) reported it as staying the same; and
- 6 per cent of employers did not know.
Susan Clews, Acas chief executive, said: “The pandemic has been a challenging period for everyone and it’s great to see that over a third of bosses have managed to improve their organisation’s mental health support for their staff.
“However, nearly one in 10 employers have seen this support deteriorate so it is important for businesses to invest in the wellbeing of their workers as they open up again."
Acas advice for employers on managing mental health during Covid-19 includes being approachable, available and encouraging team members to talk if they’re having problems; keeping in regular contact with teams to check how they are coping; being understanding towards the concerns and needs of staff while they work in new or unexpected ways – for example, working from home or managing childcare while working; and addressing any individual communication preferences such as asking team members if they prefer to talk over the phone, through video meetings or by email.