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Check out the Latest Statistics of Employee Mental Wellbeing and other Associated Factors

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Whether working remotely or from the workplace, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people lead their daily lives. While the fear, uncertainty, and anxiety about the disease are overwhelming, the multiple responsibilities and burnout add to the stress. These strong emotions affect employee health and wellbeing, workplace engagement, and overall productivity.

Many studies have demonstrated the impact of the pandemic on employee mental health. While the depression symptoms rose to 39.5% in 2021, it was evident that 43% of women were suffering from anxiety and stress, compared to men.

In our previous blog, we discussed the different employee health and wellbeing activities that were prioritized by them during the study period of 2020 – 2021.

Statista published a new study about the different factors affecting employee mental health, including stress and burnout.

Different studies were conducted to understand the overall impact of stress on employee wellbeing. Here is a quick brief of the study outcomes.

Work-related Stress and Employee Wellbeing

This study to understand the impact of work-related stress was conducted with 1,016 respondents in the United States during early 2021. The study primarily focused on identifying the percentage of workers in the US who revealed that certain specific factors added to their work-related stress levels.

According to the study outcomes, five key factors added to their work-related stress, impacting employee mental health and overall wellbeing. These key factors included –

  • 48.4% – Heavy workload
  • 40.5% – Job security concerns
  • 36.1% – News events (social unrest, elections, etc.)
  • 35.7% – Disturbed work-life balance
  • 26.3% – Company profits worries

According to these outcomes, in 2021, almost half of the respondents said that heavy workload was the key factor that added to their work-related stress. More than one-third of the remaining respondents said the trouble of balancing their personal responsibilities like child care with work obligations added to their work stress.

Overall Stress Levels

This study to understand employee stress levels in the United States was conducted with 2,500 respondents in the age group of 23-65 years from 2016 to 2020. The study primarily focused on identifying the percentage of workers in the US suffering from different stress levels. The stress levels for the study were classified as – High, Moderate, and Low levels.

Statista published the study outcomes for the 3 stress level categories for the years 2016, 2018, and 2020.

In 2016, almost 18% of the respondents stated they experienced high-stress levels, which reduced to 16% in 2018, and 15% in 2020. The moderate stress levels were experienced by 54% of the employees in 2016, 57% in 2018, and it increased to 58% in 2020. Low-stress levels reportedly reduced from 29% in 2016 to 27% in 2018 and 26% in 2020.

While a majority of employees in the United States reported moderate stress levels in 2020, the high and low-stress levels were reportedly lesser than the previous year’s outcomes.

Burnout Feelings in Different Working Generations

Burnout has been reported to be a major reason for stress, especially during the pandemic. This study to understand employee stress levels in the United States was conducted with 1,500 respondents in the United States in January 2020 and February 2021. The age group of the study respondents was 18 years and above, classified further into different working generations based on their birth year. The Gen-Z group includes respondents born between 1997 and 2012. The millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, the Gen X individuals between 1965 and 1980, and The Baby Boomers between 1946 and 1964.

The study primarily focused on identifying the percentage of employees in the US who experienced burnout during the study period.

In February 2021, 59% of millennials experienced burnout, followed by 58% of Gen Z respondents, 54% of the Gen X group, and 31% of the Baby Boomers. In January 2020, the highest burnout feeling was recorded by millennials at 53%, followed by 47% of the Gen Z employees, 40% of Gen X, and 24% of Baby Boomers.

Overall, all generations, irrespective of their age groups, experienced burnout in February 2021, compared to January 2020. While the Millennials reported higher burnout rates in 2020 and 2021 compared to the other generations, Gen Z and Gen X also followed similar patterns.

The pandemic has caused mental health concerns even for individuals who felt they had a steady life previously. While it has impacted overall employee wellbeing, employers have started taking steps to support their workforce through the tough times. Supporting employee wellbeing by offering corporate wellness programs and other benefits can reflect a positive workplace culture, boost employee engagement, and enhance overall business.

Post Author: Admin