A UK survey investigating masculinity in engineering has been launched to coincide with World Mental Health Day (10 October 2018).

The public online survey is being hosted for five weeks by EqualEngineers, an organization set up to cover issues of workplace diversity within engineering industries.

Engineering and technology in the UK is a predominately male profession, with men comprising over 89% of the workforce. Many diversity efforts pivot on getting more women into engineering.

EqualEngineers’ managing director, Dr Mark McBride-Wright, said: “Inclusivity in the workplace is a health and safety issue. Not being able to be open about who you are, because of attitudes and lack of diversity around you, can lead to mental health issues and decreased well-being.

“My hopes for this survey is to capture the voice of men in the engineering and tech industries, individuals who perhaps feel excluded from the focus on diversity and inclusion efforts of organizations.

“We need to rapidly overhaul the way in which we approach culture change programs within our industry, and we need to ensure everyone feels included, and is able to find their voice as part of the diversity narrative.”

Those wishing to take part in the survey can access it here. It will remain open until 16 November 2018.

Initial results will be reported on International Men’s Day on 19 November 2018.