Poor workplace tech leading to bad mental health

Two-thirds of senior decision makers said poor workplace technology is affecting their work-life balance, mental health and financial wellbeing, according to new research

Findings of an engagement survey by HR consultancy HIVE360 found that more than half (59%) of senior decision makers said technology had an “adverse effect” on mental health.

Yet more than a quarter (28%) of UK workers said they would be uncomfortable speaking with their employers about their mental health issues.

This demonstrates the remaining taboos and stigma of mental health in the workplace.

HIVE360 therefore recommended the introduction of more user-friendly digital platforms for employees to access information and support relating to salary, finances, pensions, and the maintenance of good psychological wellbeing.

David McCormack, CEO of HIVE360, said: “Growing numbers of staff are looking beyond financial gain from an employer, and we know that more and more people are actively looking for a positive work-life experience.”

The most likely vehicle for these platforms was mobile phones, according to McCormack.

The survey found Thirty 36% of women and 33% of men use their mobile phone for managing their finances, with 12% of men and 16% of women also using their mobiles to keep track of their fitness and activity.

McCormack added: “How much employees are engaged with the business and their employer plays a significant role in their overall health and wellbeing.

"The vast majority of UK workers have a mobile phone, and it makes sense to utilise this technology and put the tools employees say they need in the palm of their hand.

“To enable better employee engagement, it is vital that technology is easy to use and provides information staff want on the platforms and devices they use every day."

The HIVE360 survey was carried out with help from Censuswide, a UK-based market research firm and was undertaken and completed in January 2020.

The survey had 1,017 responses from workers based across the UK, including senior decision makers, senior and middle management, office workers, full time and temporary workers.