The Headspace Health World Report shows that nearly a third of employees feel that work is detrimental to their mental health.
Four out of ten Australian employees have missed a full week and more than the last twelve months due to stress or anxiety, and half of Australian executives report a lack of work due to mental health problems.
The findings are based on the fourth annual report on the attitude of the workforce to mental health, based on a global survey conducted from February to March 2022. The study analyzes data from CEOs and staff members in Australia, Germany, the UK and the US to examine workplace issues. stimulating stress and burnout among executives and their employees.
Burnout is a new mental health problem
While the stress associated with COVID-19 among workers has caused concern, the level of anxiety about the pandemic has begun to decline. However, now employees are increasingly experiencing stress from burnout and problems with management and leadership. Nine out of ten working Australians report experiencing stress from moderate to severe at least once a week. Ironically, almost half experience stress most days.
88% of Australian CEOs and 72% of Australian employees report missing at least one day due to stress, burnout and mental health problems. Only 28 percent of employees say they feel “very busy” with their work.
Worryingly, 41 percent of Australians missed a full week of work last year due to stress, anxiety or other mental health problems. What causes them stress? Burnout is due to increased workload or shortage of staff, poor work-life balance, and poor management and leadership.
Women experience more pain than men: 40% of women say they feel burned out at work, compared to 33% of men or 34% of non-binary employees. Although non-binary employees report a wider range of stressors at work than their male and female counterparts.
More support is needed for employees
Ninety-seven per cent of Australian executives believe they are doing enough to support the mental health of the workforce, while only two-thirds of Australian employees feel the same. In Australia, this gap persists from year to year.
In fact, employers give up support programs at the very moment when employees say they need and want the most.
There is also a gap between the perceptions of business leaders and employees as to how easy it is to access care. 93% of Australian executives say it’s “very easy” or “easy”, while only 68% of employees agree.
Technology that promotes health outcomes
The use of digital health tools among Australian staff, such as distance therapy and meditation, has doubled since 2020. 79 percent of employees agree that it is important that their company’s mental health benefits be based on methods that license behavioral health or medical methods. experts agree on effective. Supporting diversity and inclusion is also seen as important for dealing with stress and anxiety: 90 per cent of Australian employees say it is important that they engage themselves in work.
“Employee mental health is a business continuity issue that every manager must address, especially because many employees return to the office and experience new daily stressors,” said Russell Glass, CEO of Headspace Health.
“To attract and retain talent, it is important that leaders destigmatize mental health from the top down and meet the growing expectations of their employees for high-quality mental health benefits,” Glass concluded.
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