MindSharePartners paired up with Qualtrics to release their 2019 report on “Mental Health at Work,” and report that 50% of millennials (born between 1981-1996) and 75% of Generation Z (born between 1995-2010) workers have left their jobs due to mental health.
Many workplaces recognize the dangers of unaddressed mental health issues and burnout and are proactive by offering mental health assessment and treatment, but this report shows it still might not be enough. In the respondents who were analyzed for this poll, less than half of the workers felt that their mental health was viewed as a company priority. The poll was conducted with 1,500 respondents aged 16 and older who were working fulltime.
Over 200 million days of work are missed by employees that are affected by mental health imbalances like burnout. Even though approximately 80% of working adults will be affected by mental health in their lifetimes, the rise of millennials and Generation Z workers who have left their jobs for mental health reasons has risen due to what is called a “generational shift.” These generations are more aware of the need for mental health resources, and people in these generations have the highest turnover rate in the workforce—which spells trouble in the long run because they are also the largest demographic in the workforce today.
Reasons for the generational shift have been attributed to many factors, and there is not a single uniting reason, but statistics have shown that people who are dealing with thoughts of suicide have increased 47% in the period between 2008 and 2017. People aged 18-25 years old (also between 2008-2017) report a 71% prevalence for psychological distress. In adults aged 20-21, 78% report experiencing psychological distress.
Some companies are trying to solve the retention problem by de-stigmatizing mental health, offering flexible insurance and counseling plans, and encouraging the workplace to be open about their struggles. To learn more about this report and download an infographic for your workplace, please visit: https://www.mindsharepartners.org/mentalhealthatworkreport