Let’s Talk About Mental Health and Jobs in Technology
How can organisations help people with jobs in technology improve their mental health? Reflecting back on Men’s Health Week, we thought we’d share some insights into the tech industry’s mental state and what employers can be doing differently. A year of lockdowns and remote working has taken a huge toll on the mental health of the general population. But why is mental health particularly affected for those with jobs in IT? Well for a start, the very nature of the industry is a solitary one. For some, sitting inside and staring at a computer all day can have a significant impact on one’s mental health. Most of us have experienced the difficulties of remote working over the last 18 months, but the tech sector is no stranger to embracing this style pre-COVID. In fact, remote IT jobs are fairly common practice in the industry. When it comes to the mental strain on these employees, BIMA (British Interactive Media Association) reports that: - 66% of respondents (in the tech industry) are stressed by their work, and 13% feel constantly stressed by their work. - 52% of those in the tech industry suffer with stress, anxiety and depression at work. - 45% of respondents agree there is not enough awareness and support for mental health within their company. - Many neurodivergents are over-appreciated but under-supported. So, what can organisations and their leaders in the industry do to combat the mental health issues of their employees? Well according to BIMA’s Tech Diversity and Inclusion report from 2019, here’s where to start: - Create a culture in which people feel more comfortable talking about loneliness and mental health. - Build a supportive infrastructure which includes daily check-ins. - Encourage employees to get out of the house and do some exercise or seek social engagement. - Offer mental health awareness and mental health first aid training. By recognising and addressing stress in the workplace, employers are able to build a strong company philosophy where employees feel empowered. Here at Oscar, we’re proud to support the wellbeing of our team members, as well as our customers. Back in May, we won the Best Companies-affiliated Learning and Development award, recognised for our holistic company culture and a serious drive for looking after our people. So, how do we achieve this? - Flexible working – a hybrid approach to working, including both remote and office-based work. - Early finishes – 1pm finishes every Friday. - Health and fitness – fresh fruit every day, discounted health suite memberships and a cycle to work scheme. - Personal development plans. - Training – many of our team are neurodiversity trained. - Socials – regular team social gatherings and holidays. Looking for top talent or your next role? Call us today on 0161 828 8140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how we can support you through the process. Looking for your next role in recruitment? We're currently hiring! Contact Emily on email@example.com to find out more.