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Poll Results: How can the automotive sector improve workers’ mental health

21/10/2019
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Last week we reported on a recently published whitepaper which suggested that the automotive sector faced a mental health crisis among workers, and asked you what changes you thought companies should be making to resolve this.

Here’s how you responded:

This is how engineeringpro readers responded to last week's poll

The responses were even across three of the options, suggesting that there may not be one single solution that will resolve this, but maybe a combination of a few options. 

From the leading responses we can gather that engineers would rather companies took on the responsibility to resolve their mental health procedures themselves. Two of the most popular options were “In-house specialists who can provide support and facilitate a healthy work environment” and “More training on employees’ mental health and managers’ duty of care”.

Both of these options would put the onus on companies to look at the workplace culture and health and respond accordingly. Both in-house specialists and a greater emphasis on mental health support training would facilitate a more healthy environment from within, which is arguably the most beneficial solution. 

This was also reflected under “other”, where respondents had the chance to give their own thoughts. One respondent echoed both of the other options when they commented: 

“Better across the board training and awareness similar to HSE. Everybody needs to be aware of the issues, not just managers or specialists.”

Others were more focused on motivation within the workplace:       

“Stop the management ruling the place with an iron rod and expecting people to work extra hours for in order to meet targets so the management can get their target bonus, with nothing going to the workers."

 It seems that a common thought among engineers is that the workplace itself needs to change to resolve these problems. 

Engineers were more in favour of companies implementing changes than relying on outside mental health charities
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Less popular was the option for “More flexible working options and time off to deal with mental health issues”.

And it was interesting to see that, although the automotive industry mental health charity “Ben” were the ones producing the report, engineers seem sceptical of their use, with no-one voting for “Better promotion of mental health charities, such as Ben, who can provide confidential support services”.

It’s unclear why engineers aren’t interested in hearing more about the available mental health charities for their industry, but it could just be that more believe in putting an emphasis on fixing the problems within the company, rather than leaving it for individuals to contact outside assistance. 

What do you think?

Do you agree with the findings of our poll? Do you support the idea that companies have to change to help workers’ mental health? Do you have another view that isn’t represented here? Let us know in the comments. The best comments will be featured in next week’s engineeringpro newsletter.

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