Work Is Negatively Impacting The Wellbeing Of Australian Employees

WorkScore examined data from over 11,000 employee surveys and found that one in three employees reported that work impacts negatively on their overall wellbeing, while more than three quarters (78%) of workers noted that they frequently experience stress at work.

And more stress means less happiness. People who experience stress every day at work are 30% less happy, 40% more anxious and 30% more depressed than those who rate low stress at work.

The importance of work/life balance is well-understood, and supported by the WorkScore data finding that employees who rate a high work/life balance are 35% happier, have reduced rates of depression and can deal with problems more effectively. They also report 20% less mental health issues.

The data also shows that having flexibility in working hours plays a role in the mental health of employees. More flexibility reduces anxiety and depression, and increases happiness. Interestingly though, reducing work hours (to part-time or casual) doesn’t affect happiness or levels of anxiety and depression.

But there’s more to it than finding work/life balance and having flexibility. Work is negatively impacting the wellbeing of Australian employees.

Significantly, stress levels are driven by what happens at work every day, and the underlying factors will help employers with initiatives and actions to reduce stress levels in their workplace and contribute to improved employee mental health.

Employees rate 50% happier, 25% less depressed and up to 25% less anxious when they feel a sense of achievement, are highly engaged in their work, receive regular recognition and feel a sense of belonging and teamwork.

Using skills at work and having high levels of concentration has a similar  impact, demonstrating that employees have a better mindset when absorbed in a task.

Mental health is also positively affected by the ability to switch off from work, which increases happiness by 20% and reduces anxiety and depression by 27% and 20% respectively. The advice for employers to reduce the negative impact of work on employee wellbeing is clear:

Employers should also invest in a wellbeing program as the data shows that employees who rate their workplace as caring about their wellbeing are 46% happier and have close to 25% less anxiety and depression. Stress is pervasive in many workplaces and left unchecked can have a devastating impact on the mental health and overall wellbeing of employees. This will of course have ramifications for the business health as well. Act now to reduce stress in the workplace.

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Employers interested in understanding the wellbeing needs of their employees should talk to WorkScore about a full wellbeing assessment for in-depth reporting on key areas for intervention and focus. WorkScore is offering a FREE Employee Wellbeing Health Check until October 31 2018.

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