Seven in 10 employees do not believe employee mental wellbeing and musculoskeletal (MSK) issues are taken seriously enough in the workplace.
The survey by health cash plan provider Health Shield found two thirds of employees said their business does not provide access to tailored support for mental health or MSK conditions.
Only a third have access to a 24/7 helpline to help look after their mental and physical wellbeing.
The poll also found 36% of employees said that when they suffered from a musculoskeletal problem, it contributed to an increase in anxiety.
Nine in 10 said they would feel better knowing there was a clear treatment pathway available to help manage a mental health or MSK issue.
Stuart Scullion, executive chairman of the Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries (AMII), said depression is four times as common in people experiencing persistent pain, so it would be wise for employers to consider cost-effective ways to provide integrated support.
“Having to go via a line manager, HR or the GP to get a referral can sometimes act as a barrier. Self-referral might help ensure that more people get the support they need,” he suggested.
Jennie Doyle, head of product and marketing at Health Shield, said the poll suggests many employers are struggling to meet employee needs.
“Tailored mental and musculoskeletal wellbeing doesn’t have to be costly or complicated. It simply involves providing a choice of services that can be freely accessed at the time of need,” she added.