We know that hospitality professionals can face long antisocial hours and tough environmental conditions on a daily basis. We are calling for a culture change across Britain’s workplaces where managing stress and talking about how people are coping is as routine as managing workplace safety.
The Burnt Chef Project, a non-profit social enterprise committed to making the hospitality profession healthier and more sustainable, has joined the Working Minds campaign to tackle work-related stress in the hospitality industry.
A recent Deloitte report estimates the total annual cost of poor mental health to employers has increased by 25% since in 2019. Adding up to around £53-56 billion between 2020-21.
The Burnt Chef Project conducted a survey of 1,273 hospitality professionals, which showed that eight out of 10 (84%) of respondents had experienced difficulties with their mental health within their career and 46% would not feel comfortable talking about their health concerns with their colleagues.
Kris Hall, Founder of The Burnt Chef Project said:
“The wellbeing of hospitality teams has been neglected for far too long, the hospitality sector is the third largest recruiter within the UK employing just over 3.2 million people. Often the hours are long, demanding, often antisocial and workplace environments are hot and noisy, add to this a skill gap shortage from low retention rates and resource crisis we find ourselves facing, it’s unsurprising that the workers within the industry are facing high levels of stress.
“We need to address the root causes of work-related stress, that’s why we’re pleased to be working with HSE on the Working Minds Campaign. Here at The Burnt Chef Project we’re committed to providing the right level of supportive structures and training so that we’re able to douse the flames associated with work related stress that ultimately lead to higher rates of ill mental health.”
“We’re working towards a happier, healthier and more sustainable profession, where we can thrive not just survive.”
Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, the law requires all employers to prevent work related stress to promote, support and sustain good mental health in the workplace.
The Working Minds campaign brings together a range of tools and support to help businesses and workers understand the best ways to prevent work related stress and encourage good mental health.
If you’d like to talk to anyone about your mental health or would like to signpost people in your team to a confidential, free service simply text BURNTCHEF to 85258 anytime 24/7 and you’ll be connected to a trained volunteer.