Mental health fears for Generation Z in the workplace

According to new research conducted by graduate site Milkround, almost half of Generation Z would not take a day off work to look after their mental health over fears of being branded a ‘snowflake’ by colleagues.

Figures revealed that a staggering 72 per cent of Generation Z and 58 per cent of Millennials experience mental health issues, whereas only 39 per cent of over 35s experiencing the same issues.

Legally an individual is entitled to take a day off for their mental health; however, 43 per cent of young people said they would not take a day off at all for fear of being labelled as part of ‘Generation Snowflake.’

A shocking 75 per cent of Generation Z are concerned about taking a mental health day for fear of being labelled the word by colleagues.

The research revealed that workers are still shying away from admitting their struggles with mental health with colleagues, with half of all UK workers admit to suffering from mental ill-health.

When asked if your career was contributing to mental ill-health, nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) from Gen Z and Millennial groups attribute work stresses to the cause of mental health issues.

Despite the high level of people that suffer from mental ill-health in the UK, it is still seemingly taboo to admit to feeling mentally unwell in the office.

Where 49 per cent of people did not feel they could take a mental health sick day from work, even when needed and only 29 per cent have taken time off to care for a mental health issue.

Concerningly, 23 per cent of respondents were even concerned that a resulting day off would go as far as to damage their career.

Georgina Brazier, Graduate Jobs Expert at Milkround said: “Our 2019 Candidate Compass report identified that one in three students and graduates suffer from mental health issues.

“There is no doubt we have made significant societal gains in developing more positive and open attitudes towards mental health, but our research suggests that these societal gains have not yet been fully incorporated into our workplaces.

Ms Brazier added: “Despite workplaces working harder than ever before to adopt positive mental health practices, 76 per cent of people still feel that they cannot be open with their employers about taking sick days for mental ill-health.”

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