While the overwhelming majority of managers feel they have been supportive of employees’ mental health over the last 12 months, half of those surveyed (53 per cent)1 admit to not having had a discussion with their direct reports about it. However, this signals progress since 2020, where just over one in four of the workers surveyed (27 per cent)1 said that they had spoken to their managers about their mental health.
34 per cent of Australian employees surveyed would like to have check-ins with their managers more regularly.1
Disclosure comes with open dialogue. Making sure people understand they are in a safe environment to raise concerns, and keeping conversations, and access to tools and structures private are key.
A top-down approach to addressing this stigma and normalising discussion will help to bridge the gap between employees and employers. This has certainly started over the last 18 months, and business leaders have an important role to continue to play in showing vulnerability. Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools to do this.
“It's time for our leaders to ignite these discussions, work in partnership with their employees to address the stigma, and take action to support employees finding greater balance between work and home.”
Through our Personal Injury Division, Allianz is a leading provider of Workers Compensation and offers a range of support and services for the evolving needs of Australian workplaces regardless of their setting. Visit the Allianz Workplace Mental Health Hub to learn how you can find or facilitate balance in the workplace and open up the dialogue between employees and employers.