The charity’s Taking Care of Business campaign found that an alarming number of employees believe they could face the sack for admitting they feel stressed or depressed.
Of those surveyed 41 per cent said they considered stress to be a taboo subject and 46 per cent said they felt that taking time off for stress was seen as an excuse for something else.
Staff were afraid to openly discuss stress in the workplace as they felt this could put them to the top of the list for job cuts and redundancies. Unfortunately there concerns were not unfounded, with 22 per cent of those who had disclosed a mental health concern to their boss in a previous role having been sacked or forced from their jobs.
In a bid to end workplace discrimination Mind are calling for the implementation of the following:
Employers to encourage open and supportive work environments, where employees can discuss mental health without fear of discrimination
Employers to treat mental health problems with the same importance as physical health problems
Employers to ensure protecting mental health is embedded in change management, in order to manage extra pressure on remaining staff
Businesses of all sizes to make supporting staff wellbeing a corporate priority
Businesses to introduce workplace mental health policies that promote wellbeing for all staff, tackle work-related mental health problems and support staff who are experiencing mental distress.