According to the 2017 Mind the Workplace study released by Mental Health America and The Faas Foundation, a huge majority of American workers feel stressed out, slighted, underpaid and under-supported. Sixty-three percent of the more than 17,000 respondents agreed that job stress has a “significant impact on their mental and behavioral health.” Almost half said they feel underpaid and overlooked, and 71 percent said they’re “actively looking for new opportunities.”
The report paints a grim picture for employers concerned about worker engagement, morale and productivity, but there are serious health issues at play, too. Faas Foundation leader Andrew Faas cites a 2016 study that estimated 120,000 deaths per year are attributable to workplace stress.
How can employers start fostering a healthier company culture? Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America, says: