Mental health awareness has grown significantly in the United States over the last decade. This has found its way into the workplace, where employers have been tasked with promoting company cultures and offering benefits that help employees deal with their mental health
But many workers and HR professionals believe that employers can still continue to boost mental health awareness and benefits to help employees better handle this serious issue.
Recently, Mind Share Partners released the results from a study that dove deeper into mental health and the workplace. What did the survey find?
Mental Health and the Workplace
Mind Share Partner’s Mental Health at Work Report 2019
was conducted from March to April 2019 and was taken by 1,500 employed United States adults.
The first statistic found in the survey is that 59% of respondents said they experienced symptoms of mental health conditions in the past year. It was also found that seniority level didn’t matter for mental health conditions, as they were equally prevalent throughout companies.
The most common symptoms reported were:
- Anxiety – 37%
- Depression – 32%
- Eating disorders – 26%
Demographic differences that were shown in the study were also eye-opening. For example, Gen Z and Millennial workers were 3 and 4 times more likely, respectively, to have symptoms of anxiety than baby boomers.
You can check out the full report to see even more demographic breakdowns.
How Work Impact Mental Health (And Vice-Versa)?
The study next dove deeper into how mental health impacts employees in the workplace. 61% of survey takers said that their productivity was impacted due to mental health symptoms, which included:
- Difficulty concentrating – 29%
- Avoiding social activities – 24%
- Difficulty thinking, reasoning, or deciding – 19%
- Taking longer to do tasks – 16%
- Being less responsive to email – 14%
One concerning finding was that more than 33% of employees
said that their job contributed to their mental health symptoms.
For employers, these next few stats are very eye-opening. Around 33% of survey takers said that they have left a prior role partly because of their mental health. And of these respondents, 59% said that their primary reason for leaving was because of mental health.
Once again, these numbers are higher for Millennials (50%) and Gen Z (75%), while baby boomers were much lower (10%).
It was also revealed that 86% of job seekers think it’s important for company culture to address and support mental health
. Business leaders and hiring managers should keep this in mind when looking to improve recruiting strategies and how their company culture can be enhanced
to best be able to attract and retain talent.
Employers and Leaders Can Still do More to Address Mental Health in the Workplace
The report from Mind Share Partners highlights several key findings around mental health at work. It also shows that many employers can do more to address this issue and help employees.
For example, just 37% of respondents said their company leaders were advocates for workplace mental health and only 39% of workers said their manager was equipped to support them if they did have mental health symptoms.
Employers big and small will need to take a look at current benefit offerings and workplace perks
to see what programs can be added or enhanced to better support mental wellbeing at work.
Doing so helps employees and their overall health and wellness
, while also helping to lower turnover.
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