Image: Ben Smith
Image: Ben Smith

A third of Brits have struggled with their mental health over the past three months, but the majority are pleased with the support they’ve received from their employers.

The survey of 2,000 professionals in the UK from CV-Library found that job security has been the biggest concern during the Covid-19 pandemic for nearly half, closely followed the ability to find a new job.

Sixteen per cent said they were affected by financial concerns while on furlough, with a similar number concerned over their employer’s ability to continue trading in the near future. Suffering a pay cut, household finances and having too much work to do also feature among the top 10 concern.

The survey found that over half (54.1%) feel supported by their employer during a challenging time, explaining that their employer is doing enough to support their mental wellbeing.

Lee Biggins, founder of CEO of CV-Library, said:” We know that the last three months have been a struggle for many people. Trying to work from home while looking after a family, being placed on furlough, facing uncertainty around their job; it’s not been easy for professionals and it’s going to take a long time for life to go back to normal. So, it’s important to make sure that you continue to support employees and encourage them to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

“We know that a lot of professionals worry about speaking to their boss when they’re struggling. Therefore, it’s important to encourage staff members to talk and remind them that it’s ok to admit if they’re not feeling themselves, or to ask for time off work if they need it.

“As Brits, we naturally tend to ‘keep calm and carry on’, but taking the time to switch off from work is important – especially when the lines between personal and professional life are often blurred if employees are working remotely.”

The study also found that people who were unemployed were most likely to struggle with their mental health in recent months. In fact, the percentage rose to 37.1% amongst this group of respondents. Alongside this, 57.8% of unemployed people said they’ve worried about not being able to find a new job, 23.1% have worried about finances and 5.4% have worried about their health.

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