New Data Shows Work Is Impacting Men's Wellbeing

For Men’s Health Week, we reviewed the scores of over 3,000 male employees and discovered that one-third of our respondents are struggling with poor wellbeing in areas such as work, body and mindset.

Men’s Health Week is an annual event each June and it’s the perfect opportunity to promote the health and wellbeing of male employees. Let’s look at how can you make a positive difference in the lives of the men in your workplace.

WorkScore measures employee wellbeing across 5 key elements:  Work | Body | Fuel | Fitness | Mindset.  Based on WorkScore’s survey results, male employees have poor wellbeing in 3 elements: work, body and mindset, with 11 key areas impacting their wellbeing and experiences at work:

• Sense of achievement at work • Recognition for work • Engaged by work • Stress at work • Sense of belonging at work • Flexibility at work • Good work/life balance • Work cares about wellbeing • Happiness at work • Feeling depressed • Feeling anxious

A third of men have low flexibility at work in hours and location.

Poor mental health

Our results reveal that one third of male employees are experiencing regular anxiety, depression and low sleep quality. The average sleep duration from respondents is six hours per night compared to a recommended 7 – 9 hours.

High stress levels

In our findings, one third of male employee’s experience stress very frequently. Men are also not taking regular breaks or full lunch breaks at work. With this group of male employees rating that their work cares doesn’t about their wellbeing and impacts on their happiness and engagement at work.

Poor work and life balance

There is also a lack of work and life balance available to male employees. Only 30 per cent feel they have flexibility at work and one third rate they do not have good work life balance.

Men’s wellbeing is being impacted by stress at work.

It’s crucial to foster a workplace environment that supports the wellbeing of all employees. Below are four practical strategies that employers can implement to support men in the workplace:

Implement a wellbeing program with a mental health focus

Jeff Mclean, Chief Operating Officer at ASX-listed Eclipx and co-founder of Workscore described the importance of embracing health solutions in the workplace.

“In my experience, I’ve found there to be a direct correlation between healthy employees and high performance. Simple ideas like encouraging your teams to exercise together on lunch breaks, conducting walking meetings & embracing mental health technology can materially reduce absenteeism & increase productivity.”

Implement a workplace mental health awareness program that men can engage with. Invite sports-related speakers to share inspiring messages to your male employees. Encourage men to talk to each other in the workplace. It’s important to foster a supportive and safe work environment.

Focus on work flexibility

Men are prone to working longer hours as many are supporting families and partners that take on domestic responsibilities. Providing more flexibility can reduce stress at home and provide a healthier work and life balance. Support your male employees by offering flexibility for all employees in hours and location.

Positive reinforcement

Only 32 per cent of male employees feel like they receive recognition for their work. It’s important to give positive reinforcement for a job well done. Offer genuine commendation, rewards, bonuses or certificates of achievement. Employees thrive on acknowledgement and appreciation.

Encourage regular breaks

It’s easy for employees to skip lunch breaks when they’re experiencing work-related stress. Taking breaks is vital to keep motivation levels high. Encourage your male employees to take a break and focus on a different activity.

Jeff McLean also believes that executives have a critical role to play in establishing a health driven culture.

“In past times, employees who ate their lunch at desks, worked unpaid overtime, and put work ahead of everything else in their life were applauded and often promoted despite the negative consequences on their employees’ health. I believe C-Level executives, Board Directors & business leaders should encourage their people to prioritise their health, knowing that the productivity benefits from a healthy workforce, far outweigh the investment in supporting wellbeing initiatives.”

Don’t let your male employees’ wellbeing suffer. It’s time to support your male employees’ health and wellbeing.