05 Oct Nearly two thirds of UK workers hide an aspect of their lives at work
New research reveals nearly two thirds (61 per cent) of UK workers feel they keep an aspect of their lives hidden at work. The research from Inclusive Employers found family difficulties (46 per cent) was the most likely hidden issue at work, followed by mental health (31 per cent). One in five also admitted they would hide their sexual orientation while at work.
Almost two thirds of UK workers hide an aspect of their lives at work:
- New data reveals workers are most likely to hide family and mental health issues at work
- National Inclusion Week, created by Inclusive Employers, offers businesses the opportunity to create more inclusive workplaces
It also found a generational divide, with 67 per cent of employees aged between 18 to 24-year olds keeping something secret compared to 55 per cent of those over aged 55 years or over.
The data, released today for National Inclusion Week 2017, shows UK workers are still uncomfortable about having honest conversations at work.
The research found this lack of openness can have negative impacts on workers and employers, with over a quarter of workers (26 per cent) admitting they would feel less connected to their workplace if they hid an aspect of themselves and 18 per cent saying their performance would suffer.