A growing number of women feel uncomfortable talking about their mental and personal health challenges in the workplace, according to a new Deloitte Global report: ‘Women @ Work: A global outlook’.
The research, now in its third year, surveyed 5,000 women in ten countries, including 500 working women in the UK, to better understand the experiences of women in the workplace.
New to the report this year, the research revealed that when it comes to menstruation and menopause, many employees suffer in silence: more than a quarter of women (28%) experiencing symptoms related to menopause and 40% with symptoms work through pain without taking time off. Women in the UK experiencing challenges related to menopause are more likely than their global counterparts to work through pain (30% in the UK compared to 20% of global respondents).
There has been a significant decline in the number of respondents who feel comfortable talking about mental health in the workplace: only 28% of UK respondents feel comfortable talking about it at work, compared to 45% last year.
Jackie Henry, managing partner for people and purpose, Deloitte UK said: “Our research shows that there is a stigma around discussing mental health and women’s issues in UK workplaces, but it’s concerning to see that this has worsened in the last year.”