NEWS RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2021
The pandemic’s pressures have significantly changed the workplace in America, and a recent survey reveals that many people who have battled with low pay, long hours, and a lack of opportunity plan to change employment.
According to the survey, more than 40% of employees stated they intended to change jobs within the next 12 months. If that happens, it could have a significant impact on several industries that already have a labor shortage, especially in the hotel and healthcare sectors, according to the survey’s authors.
In a poll conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), 59% of participants reported having dealt with the impacts of work-related stress . Low pay (56%, up from 49% in 2019), long hours (54%, up from 46%), and little room for progress (52%, up from 44%) were the most frequently voiced grievances.
Approximately 44%, up from 32% in 2019, stated that they expected to look for employment outside of their firm or organization in the upcoming year. These figures were even more startling for some demographics, including 63% of workers with impairments, 57% of Black workers, 56% of LGBTQ workers, and 58% of Hispanic workers.
According to APA CEO Arthur Evans, Jr., “ Stress at work can have broad negative consequences for companies and employees alike, including loss of productivity, high turnover, and effects on the employee’s physical and emotional health.” “A workplace that prioritizes employee well-being is better positioned to attract and keep motivated employees”
The negative consequences of stress at work, which include a loss of interest, motivation, or energy (26%), difficulties focusing (21%), or a lack of effort at work (19%), were reported by nearly 60% of employees in the past month. 67% of front-line employees reported unfavorable work-related stress impacts, and 35% indicated they frequently got frustrated at work.
Employees with manual labor, customer service, sales, or entertainment jobs were more likely than desk-based employees to have experienced physical fatigue , mental fatigue, and emotional exhaustion frequently over the previous 30 days (51% and 53% versus 38%, respectively).
More than 1,500 American workers were questioned in the online survey by The Harris Poll between July 26 and August 4, 2021.
Employers may take measures to enhance employee wellbeing and perhaps lower turnover, according to 87% of workers. Flexible hours (34%), encouraging workers to take care of their health (32%), promoting paid time off (30%), and promoting breaks during the workday (30%) were all deemed to be positive changes by the workforce.
According to Evans in an APA news release, “during the epidemic, many employers resorted to remote work where possible, giving additional flexibility for their employees.” In competitive job markets, policies that enable flexible work schedules, lunch breaks, and other forms of support for employees to take care of themselves may also help firms retain staff.
SOURCE: News release, American Psychological Association, October 4, 2021
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