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Employee Experiences
Boonyawee Sirimaya
min read
May 9, 2024

Let’s talk about the mental health of male employees

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of mental health in the workplace, particularly for men. As we observe November, the month dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about men's health issues, it is crucial to address the prevalence of mental health challenges among male employees and the steps employers can take to support them.

The Mental Health Crisis Among Men in the Workplace

According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 1 in 5 men in the United States are currently experiencing a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety. In the UK, the situation is equally concerning, with 1 in 6 men reporting a common mental health problem. Worryingly, a significant portion of these issues can be attributed to the workplace environment.

A study by the Mental Health Foundation found that 44% of men in the UK believe that work is responsible for their mental health problems, compared to just 31% of women. This disparity can be attributed to a variety of factors, including societal expectations, job insecurity, long work hours, demanding work pressure, and even bullying.

The Reluctance to Seek Help

One of the most significant challenges in addressing mental health issues among men in the workplace is the reluctance to seek help. A survey by Mind, a leading mental health charity in the UK, revealed that 40% of men would prefer to try and hide any mental health issues from their employer, fearing that it might negatively impact their career. This is a concerning statistic, as it suggests that many men are suffering in silence, which can have detrimental consequences for their well-being and productivity.

A male employee looking depressed at the computer
The pressures of work can take a toll on men's mental health.

The Consequences of Unaddressed Mental Health Issues

The consequences of unaddressed mental health issues in the workplace can be severe, both for the individual and the organization. Research by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the global cost of lost productivity due to depression and anxiety disorders is a staggering $1 trillion per year. In the UK alone, the associated absenteeism results in 91 million workdays lost annually.

Beyond the financial impact, unaddressed mental health issues can also lead to physical and mental health problems, such as alcoholism, drug use, and even suicide. These societal problems have a ripple effect, affecting not only the individual but also their colleagues, families, and communities.

Fostering a Supportive Workplace Culture

To address the mental health crisis among men in the workplace, employers must take proactive steps to create a supportive and inclusive work environment. This starts with fostering open communication and encouraging employees to speak up about their mental health concerns without fear of stigma or repercussions.

Implementing regular two-way feedback sessions rather than top-down ones can help build trust and strengthen workplace relationships. Additionally, training all employees on how to provide constructive feedback can help create a more positive and collaborative work environment.

Promoting Work-Life Balance and Empowerment

Employers should also prioritize work-life balance to combat the high levels of stress and burnout that employees, particularly men, often face. This can be achieved by enabling flexible work arrangements, such as the ability to set their own work hours or disable notifications after a certain time.

Empowering employees by equipping them with the right tools and resources to achieve their goals efficiently can also help combat feelings of anxiety and depression. Encouraging constant learning and skill-building in a healthy way while making workplace knowledge transparent and accessible can foster a sense of purpose and motivation rather than pressure.


Addressing the mental health crisis among men in the workplace is not only a moral imperative but also a strategic business decision. By taking proactive steps to create a supportive and inclusive work environment, employers can not only improve the well-being of their male employees but also reap the benefits of increased productivity, engagement, and reduced absenteeism.

As we continue to navigate the challenges of the modern workplace, it is crucial that we prioritize the mental health of all employees, regardless of gender. By working together to destigmatize mental health issues and provide the necessary support, we can create a healthier, more resilient workforce that benefits everyone.

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