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​Cobalt 2022 Mental Health & Wellbeing Survey - The Results

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Article posted by Charlotte John on Jul 22, 2022

​Cobalt 2022 Mental Health & Wellbeing Survey reveals three-quarters of professionals in the built environment would look for a new job if their employer wasn’t looking after their mental health and wellbeing.

That’s just one of the findings from our brand new Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey that we carried out this year, which is now available to download here.

With mental health and wellbeing so high on many companies agendas, it felt like the right time to ask those working in the sector how they really feel about the support their receive from their employers.

The report offers key findings and insights, whilst also delving into the feedback from real estate and construction professionals when it comes to their mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. The report was based on the survey responses of over 200 UK professionals working across the built environment.

Here are just a few of the key findings from our survey:

  • Only 38% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall level of support given to them by their employer.

  • Only 13% feel their employer very effectively communicates the mental health and wellbeing support available to staff.

  • Less than half (44%) are satisfied or very satisfied with their work/life balance.

  • Only 22% agree their employer is taking care of their mental health and wellbeing.

  • Three-quarters (76%) of professionals in the built environment would look for a new job if their employer wasn’t looking after their mental health and wellbeing.

  • Well over three quarters (83%) said it was very or somewhat important that a potential new employer has a comprehensive mental health and wellbeing strategy in place.

Attracting and retaining good staff remains a key priority for many firms. Having genuine mental health and wellbeing strategies and policies in place is a key part of that. But only by understanding how those working in the sector actually feel about this important topic and what really matters to them, can firms begin to compete for the best talent in the market.

Charlotte John, Strategic Accounts & Consultancy Director at Cobalt had this to say: “We know companies all ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to supporting their employee’s mental health and wellbeing, but how many actually ‘walk the walk’? Well, we decided to find out. And we’re excited to share the results of our survey which have been both insightful and surprising. Sadly there still appears to be a significant disconnect between what employers are saying and how employees are feeling. We hope that firms in the built environment find these insights useful when considering the effectiveness of their own policies. The importance of this to employees and job seekers has been made crystal clear.”

Download your full copy of the 2022 Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey here.