Is Mental Health Hampering Career Prospects?

One in four employees with a mental health condition are seeing their careers suffer as a result of not getting the same opportunities to progress as colleagues, according to research.

A poll of 10,000 UK employees and employers, conducted by Hays, found 24 per cent of staff with mental health problems claimed they were being blocked from progressing in their careers, while 12 per cent said this lowered their chances of being selected for a job.

The research highlighted the need for employers to “demonstrate compassion towards those who were struggling with their mental health and provide them with meaningful support.

Employers must treat everyone equally – regardless of their psychological condition – and have an open dialogue, actively encouraging employees to share their feelings and reassuring them that they will always be supported.

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