As the Mental Health Foundation’s expertise is in public mental health, we are particularly concerned about the barriers to fair work as these relate to preventing mental health problems.
The world of work is changing. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic more and more of us are being asked to work differently, with the pace of change accelerating. For some, increased remote working brings ever-increasing demands on productivity, expanding outcomes, and increasing working hours, with consequential impacts on work-life balance and risk of psychological hazards. On the other hand, longstanding barriers to mentally healthy workplaces persist, risking unfairness in the workplace to people who experience a mental health problem.