Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

74.2% of UK professionals feel employers should do more to promote self-care in the workplace

With men’s mental health month in November, the latest survey from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveals that a whopping three quarters of workers feel that employers should do more to promote self-care in the workplace.

Interestingly, among those who did partake in acts of self-care, the most popular methods include:  

  • Investing in equipment such as a standing desk (25.1%) 
  • Doing breathing exercises (32.4%) 
  • Leaving your desk for short walks (68.6%) 
  • Discussing mental health needs with a colleague, HR rep or manager (27.5%)  
  • Short mediations (21.5%) 

Upon further questioning, more than a third (36%) of UK professionals revealed that it would make them uncomfortable if a colleague discussed their mental health needs with a team member, HR, or a manager. Similarly, 33.5% of employees would feel uncomfortable if a colleague did short mediations and a further 30.4% were uncomfortable with breathing exercises.  

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library comments: “Unfortunately, many businesses have habitually underestimated the importance of self-care in the workplace. The pandemic has brought mental health to the forefront and this survey highlights just how important it is to the vast majority UK professionals. Businesses need to play catch up and we can all put in more focus and effort upon the mental health of our employees.” 

Biggins continues: “Given the huge staff shortages in the UK, supporting self-care practices and attention to mental health are now a deciding factor for candidates when considering their next move.”