Majority of UK workers “would wear mental health monitoring device”
The majority of British workers would wear a device to detect signs of mental health issues if it was supplied by their employer, according to new research.
The study, undertaken by YouGov for healthcare provider AXA, also showed 45% of the British workforce would be comfortable sharing information from the device, when it assists with employee-related health and wellbeing strategies.
But 69% of the workers surveyed who were not comfortable sharing information said they were worried about workplace discrimination as a result of the device – and did not like firms knowing details of their lifestyle.
If the information provided was anonymous, half of this group was comfortable sharing the data, though.
Four in ten experience symptoms
The study also discovered that 4 in 10 workers had experienced mental health issues in the workplace.
But more than half (52%) of those who had experienced symptoms o had not discussed it with their employer.
For the group who have communicated to their employer, more than two-thirds (71%) have been supported in managing their symptoms in the workplace.
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