7 trends that will shape workplace mental health in 2022


Unmind polled 1,500 HR decision-makers around the world – to pencil a picture of where workplace wellbeing is at, as well as where we’re headed. In short: all signs point to 2022 being the year of action.

01. The rise of mental health training – at every level

Our survey-takers flagged learning as the most urgent mental health initiative for 2022. 87% said it’s either very or somewhat important – for managers, leaders, and employees alike.

02. Wellbeing champs become a strategic priority

No longer a nice-to-have, wellbeing champions are a vital tool to drive  change. 8 in 10 respondents thought the role will be (somewhat or very) important in 2022, and less than 1 in 50 said wellbeing champions will be very unimportant.

03. Digital and in-person care becomes key

Modern problems require hybrid solutions. 85% of HR decision-makers felt digital tools will be important in 2022 (and half plan to launch them), with majority support for in-person options, like group therapy (two-thirds said it’ll be important, with 30% eyeing a rollout), too.

4 Proactive mental health support becomes the norm – though reactive measures remain vital

98% – that’s ninety-eight percent – said proactively managing  employees’ mental health is a 2022 business priority. Traditional measures aren’t going anywhere (4 in 5 said the company EAP will be important), yet there’s big backing for prevention – like all-staff training (87%), digital tools (85%), and wellbeing champions (80%).

5 Workforces learn the language to smash stigma

Promoting ‘honest and open conversations around mental health’ topped the charts as the most critical workplace wellbeing issue for 2022. Tackling stigma was named the biggest barrier, yet support for whole-person, whole-organisation tools suggest the fightback is on.

6 Leadership steps to the challenge 

A third of respondents said senior leaders must better their mental health awareness. A quarter pointed to both people leaders and execs. With a majority of firms set to roll out training, it’s clear leaders must embrace their own learning before leading cultural change. 

7 Health and safety is reborn – covering physical and psychological factors

Workplace accidents cost £5.6bn a year. It’s a lot, but pennies compared to the bill for mental ill-health: £45bn. ISO 45003 promises to change all that – protecting staff from ‘psychosocial hazards’ is the future of health and safety.

Author: Editorial Team

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