Post-pandemic changes in working patterns and increased financial uncertainty are negatively impacting employee mental health in and outside of work.
A recent report found that almost half of UK workers are ‘running on empty,’ with burnout, mental ill health, and work-related stress now costing the economy £28 billion annually [1].

All employees deserve an open, safe, and supportive workplace.
Unlock the value of positive employee mental health with our ten vital workplace mental health and wellbeing statistics.

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The impact of poor mental health on UK employees

1. Poor mental health accounts for more than half of all work-related illnesses. Around 51% of long-term sick leave is due to stress, depression, or anxiety [2].

2. Employees are reporting increased workplace intensity and more significant pressure at work [3]:

  • - 55% of workers feel that work is getting more intense and demanding.
  • - 61% of workers say they feel exhausted at the end of most working days

3. Deloitte reported that 64% of managers have considered quitting for a job that would better support their wellbeing [4].

4. 70% of managers cited organisational barriers to supporting staff wellbeing, including company policy, heavy workload, unsupportive workplace culture, and not being equipped with the right skills [4].

Workplace wellbeing and leadership

5. One in five UK workers reported feeling unable to manage stress and pressure in the workplace [5].

6. A third of managers feel out of their depth supporting their team with mental health concerns [6].


7. 9% of professionals are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm [7].


8. A third of managers feel out of their depth supporting their team with mental health concerns [6].

Improving mental health at work

8. 29% of managers said more support and training from their employer would help them support other team members [6].


9. Only 10% of employees are currently seeking support for their mental health [7].


10. Champion Health found that productivity was linked to employees feeling part of a team [7].


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Benefits to investing in employee wellbeing
  • Lower rates and risk of work-related ill mental health.

  • Increase employee engagement and satisfaction.

  • Reduce costs associated with absenteeism and presenteeism whilst increasing productivity

  • Establish a positive, open mental health culture within your workplace

What is the best thing my organisation can do for workplace wellbeing? 

One of the best things organisations can do is invest in a robust workplace wellbeing strategy. Employees are the heart of every organisation. 

A structured, inclusive, and actionable mental health strategy is vital to creating the thriving workplace you want to see.

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[1] Personnel Today: Burnout, stress and mental ill health running rampant in UK, 2023

[2] HSE: Work-related stress, anxiety or depression statistics in Great Britain, 2022

[3] TUC: Work Intensification, 2023

[4] Deloitte: As workforce well-being dips, leaders ask: What will it take to move the needle?, 2023

[5] Mental Health UK: Burnout, 2023

[6] MHFA England: Survey shows managers are ‘out of their depth’ on mental health, 2023

[7] Champion Health: The Workplace Health Report, 2023