New York: Nearly 3 out of 5 American workers say there is still stigma in seeking help for a mental health problem in the workplace, according to the results of a recent survey.
Researchers at marketing research firm OnePoll surveyed 2,000 U.S. adult workers to gather their opinions on work-related mental health care. The results show that 57% of respondents agree that in their workplace there is a negative attitude towards sick leave for mental health reasons.
In addition, 62% of respondents said their boss would judge them if they asked for free time for mental health care. As a result, 54% said mental health issues are not a good enough reason to stop working.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused 57% of respondents to pay more attention to their mental health. Other key conclusions:
- 7 out of 10 participants said they prefer to take off a full day, rather than a few hours, to avoid having to explain to their supervisor why they take time off.
- Two-thirds prefer to keep their mental health needs vague while talking to supervisors saying they have “an appointment”.
- 56% believe their employer would think they could not do their job if they applied for free time for mental health care.