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40% of employees struggle discussing mental health at work

New research from Breathe has revealed that 40% of employees are uncomfortable telling managers that they need time off to deal with mental health.

According to the ‘Sick Report 2019: the state of health and wellbeing in British SMEs’ which surveyed over 1,500 employees, 23% of employees admitted that they would rather have an unexplained absence than discuss mental health issued with their employer. And this is costing the UK economy £1.4billion annually.

Additionally, the research found that although 53% of SME decision-makers took no sick leave last year and of the portion that did, 14% of absences were due to stress and mental health.

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May 15, 2019

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