74% of Employees Report Poor Mental Health at Work

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In observance of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s crucial to acknowledge that over 50% of people will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. One-third of Americans report that work negatively impacts their mental health, and 80% experience stress at work. Alarmingly, instances of burnout have surged from 43% in 2022 to 62% in 2023.

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Mental Wellness Is a High Priority for Employees

A recent workplace report highlights significant burnout rates among women executives, with over a third experiencing burnout. Burnout is distinct from stress and is characterized by an inability to function effectively due to cumulative, unmanaged stress. It cannot be resolved by merely resting, taking a vacation, or reducing work hours. Key symptoms of burnout include deep fatigue, negativity or cynicism towards the job, and reduced professional efficacy.

The American Psychological Association’s Work in America Survey underscores that psychological well-being is a top priority for workers:

  • 92% of workers consider it very (57%) or somewhat (35%) important to work for an organization that values their emotional and psychological well-being.
  • 92% believe it is very (52%) or somewhat (40%) important to work for an organization that supports employee mental health.
  • 95% say it is very (66%) or somewhat (29%) important to feel respected at work.
  • 95% feel it is very (61%) or somewhat (34%) important to work for an organization that respects work-life boundaries.

Insights from a Monster Poll on Workplace Mental Health

A Monster poll reveals that three out of four workers rate their mental health at work as negative, with 40% reporting ‘poor’ and 34% saying it is just ‘fair.’ Additional key findings include:

Re-reported the article originally published in Forbes.

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