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Employees continue to struggle with stress, while awareness and utilisation of wellbeing programs in the workplace remains low
While employees across Europe and the US continue to report high levels of stress, a surprising percentage do not take full advantage of their workplace's wellbeing initiatives, despite employers' continued prioritisation of these programs.
This was just one of the findings in the ‘2022 Alight International Workforce and Wellbeing Mindset Study’, which surveyed 10,000 employees from the US, the UK, France, Germany and The Netherlands.
This latest study in Alight's and Business Group on Health's research series, found that close to three-quarters (73%) of workers reported high or moderate levels of stress. Additionally, more than one-third (34%) of workers reported suffering symptoms of burnout, while only one in three employees said their employer cared about their wellbeing.
Just 15% of employees in the UK and the US reported being aware of employer-sponsored stress-management programs. And of those who were aware of the benefit, less than one-quarter (23%) said they used it, even though 32% of employees wanted their employer to offer more mental health resources.
Commenting on this, Jasmine Eskenzi, co-founder of wellbeing specialist organisation, The Zensory, said: "We are facing a mental health crisis, especially in the workplace. While many employers are offering wellbeing schemes for their staff, they are not always as easy to access or fit into everyday life as they should be.
“Employees need wellbeing tools that they can use throughout their day whenever stress may appear such as in the work place, on their commute or lunch breaks.
“Many schemes also overlook the multiple ways that wellbeing can be applied and that everyone has a different way that helps them. Workers need to be provided with wellbeing tools that help them understand their wellbeing and holistic approaches that are best suited to them."
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15th September 2022