As a new survey showed that almost half of staff were not given any sort of risk assessment for working at home, Unions sounded the alarm over “low levels of trust” between employees and employers in Scotland.
The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) surveyed more than a thousand employees and found that when it comes to exposing mental illness, the Covid 19 crisis has intensified an already established lack of confidence in employers.
Many Scots were required to operate from home as measures were taken to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
The STUC found, however, that the majority of employees do not trust their employers to help their mental health.
The STUC says its survey reveals that 43 percent of people have not been given any sort of risk assessment, and when they reveal that they are dealing with poor mental health, most people do not feel assisted by their employer.
Approximately 47% do not even feel comfortable reporting any concerns to their boss.
And no sort of appropriate improvement for their condition was provided to more than two in three who disclosed that they have a mental health disorder or illness.
The STUC said that during COVID-19, the mental health of staff was “significantly impacted”
And those whose health improved psychologically shared that it was due to feeling more in charge and being away from work.
STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said, “The results of our survey should be a clear wake-up call to employers. Many workers will feel isolated, stressed and anxious as we go through a difficult winter. Many people will not have access to familiar coping mechanisms, and for many, the increased pressure will have an impact on their working lives.”
“Employers must work with their workers to create trust. This includes transparent mental health programs in the workplace, sufficient sick pay and leave for those who can’t work, and a bullying-free atmosphere in the workplace.
“Let 2021 be the year employers start taking mental health seriously and supporting their employees.”