Employee wellbeing: how does racism affect mental health?

The workplace has a huge impact on staff mental health and our understanding of that impact is becoming increasingly advanced. A record number of mental health first aiders are being trained to operate in many of the UK’s largest companies and some employers even allow staff to take mental health days, just as they would for a physical illness or ailment.

There are conscious efforts underway to ensure that employees have a healthy workload, that they maintain a healthy work/life balance and to raise awareness of conditions such as imposter syndrome.

One factor that employers continuously neglect though, is the pervasiveness of racism at work. There is clear evidence that experiences of discrimination – regardless of how covert or overt they may be – are a significant risk factor for a range of psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety.

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