IOSH members encouraged to take part in mental health survey
Monday 27th June 2016
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The National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey 2016 is set to be the largest of its kind ever undertaken in the UK.
It is being managed by YouGov on behalf of Business in the Community. They are asking for the experiences of thousands of UK employees to gain a complete snapshot of the mental wellbeing of the UK workforce.
The online survey is now open and will be available until Friday 29 July.
IOSH believes having a mentally-healthy workforce is vital within organisations. Earlier this year, the Institution held a Parliamentary reception for recently-elected MPs and new Peers on mental health, while it also supported the national Mental Health Awareness Week in May.
Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at IOSH, said: "Employee mental wellbeing needs to be better understood and better managed. IOSH champions this subject and so is very pleased to support this Business in the Community joint initiative. It offers IOSH members the opportunity to take part personally and also engage their fellow employees in this important national survey.
"The survey is quick and easy to complete and will provide key information to help inform employers and policy-makers in how to improve mental wellbeing at work.
"So, I'd be grateful if members could consider taking part and also flagging-up this national survey within their organisations."
Business in the Community is a business-led, issue-focused charity, made up of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations. Its members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that they believe are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future.
All work is carried out in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct and in compliance with UK data protection legislation. The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and responses will be kept strictly confidential. Findings are due to be released on 27 September, ahead of World Mental Health Day on 4 October 2016.
For more information, and to complete the survey, click here.
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