A new study released by leading independent job board, CV-Library ahead of World Mental Health Day, reveals that 26.2% of engineering professionals are too afraid to tell their employer that they’re suffering with poor mental health, with a further 30.8% claiming that their boss wouldn’t care.
The study, which surveyed 2,000 UK professionals, shows a chasm between bosses and employees in relation to mental health.
In fact, 32.4% of engineering professionals fear they’d be judged unfairly if they told their boss about their concerns, while 26.8% simply believe their employer is unapproachable.
In addition to the above, 26.2% of engineering professionals say that they feel anxious about key aspects of their jobs, including:
- The potential of being fired (39.2%)
- Neglecting personal relationships because of work (34.4%)
- Turning up late (25.7%)
- Asking for time off (23.9%)
- Their boss (19.6%)
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Librarycomments: “When your mental health is suffering, it can feel like you have nobody to turn to. Take the opportunity this World Mental Health Day to start a dialogue with your employer or a trusted manager.
“If your employer isn’t aware of your mental health problems, how can they help to ease your anxieties? When you arrange to meet with them, come prepared with a letter from your GP and an idea of what reasonable adjustments would help you. Hopefully this will speed up the process and you’ll soon see beneficial changes to your working environment.”
Worryingly, 46.2% of engineersclaim that their anxieties affect their performance in the workplace, with 35.6% feeling constantly stressed, 32.4% saying they don’t feel like they can be themselves in the workplace and 29.8% being less likely to take on new challenges due to self-doubt.
Biggins continues:“Poor mental health can take on many forms; whether it’s a drop in productivity, general detachment or burnout. Worrying is a part of life, but if it becomes persistent and interferes with your daily activity, it can sap your energy and make it hard to concentrate at work. Don’t delay talking to your boss, as they may be able to help out more than you think.”