Danny McCance 14 Jun 2018 11:48am

Accountants consider quitting over poor mental health support

More than half of accountants (53.3%) have considered resigning from a job due to lack of support over mental health

While 43.5% of accountants said that their job can cause them to feel anxious or depressed, the vast majority (92%), felt they could not talk about their mental health with an employer over fear of embarrassment.

Furthermore, 71.1% think employers are not doing enough to support mental health in the workplace, according to data from CV-Library.

The vast majority (86.7%) believe employers should receive training to help them understand mental health in the workplace.

Three quarters of respondents thought employers should offer “mental health days” for staff, with 71.1% saying this would increase a companies’ desirability.

Another important factor was a healthy work-life balance, with 48.9% thinking employers should promote this.

While 14% of respondents believe employers should introduce reference to counselling services, another 13% suggested internal counselling.

“From our data, it’s obvious that there is a deep-rooted stigma around talking about mental health, particularly at work,” said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library.

He said that accounting professionals are clearly reluctant to take off time for mental health, with 91.2% feeling guilty for doing so.

“But the truth is, you wouldn’t feel bad leaving the office because of a migraine or stomach bug and your mental health shouldn’t be any different,” he added.

Last month, research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that presenteeism observed in the workplace in the previous 12 months had increased from 26% in 2010 to 86% in May.

 Last week, KPMG introduced yoga and mindfulness as part of its training for auditors, to help them deal with the stresses of their roles.