‘Pleasanteeism’ plagues UK businesses as many mask mental health challenges at work

According to new research released this week, Pleasanteeism, characterised as feeling the pressure to put on a brave face at work, is on the rise across the UK. Three quarters (75%) of workers surveyed admit to feeling like they have to put on a brave face in front of their colleagues, regardless of how they’re feeling. Figures indicate pleasanteeism is up by 24 percentage points from May 2021 – when just over half (51%) of workers admitted to suffering from this phenomenon.

Max Cliff, Genesis Occupational Health Counsellor, shares his thoughts on this new research and how employers and employees can overcome perceived barriers to getting help.