The poor state of employees’ mental and physical well-being should be especially concerning for leaders. Many workers say they frequently feel negative emotions and fatigue. For example, around half “always” or “often” feel exhausted (52%) or stressed (49%), and others report feeling overwhelmed (43%), irritable (34%), lonely (33%), depressed (32%), and even angry (27%). These issues aren’t limited to workers, however. Managers and executives are struggling too, and they are about as likely as employees (or in some cases, more likely) to report these sentiments.
Work remains a significant obstacle to well-being
For respondents to this year’s survey, motivation to achieve well-being doesn’t seem to be a challenge: Eighty-four percent say that improving their well-being is a top priority this year, and 74% say it’s more important than advancing their career. However, 80% are facing obstacles—and most of these obstacles center around work. In fact, a heavy workload, stressful job, and long work hours topped the list of obstacles people say are getting in the way of improving their well-being.
As a result, many employees are finding it difficult to prioritize their health and engage in positive well-being behaviors—especially those tied to their job. Nearly three-quarters (74%) say they struggle to take time off or disconnect from work, with only around half (or less) reporting that they “always” or “often” use all of their vacation time each year (52%), move/exercise each day (48%), take micro breaks during the workday (47%), get at least seven hours of sleep (45%), and have enough time for friends and family (42%).
Given these findings, it’s not surprising that, like last year, only around one out of three employees feel their job has a positive impact on their physical (33%), mental (32%), and social (31%) well-being. Even more alarmingly, a significant percentage of employees say their job negatively affects their physical (33%), mental (40%), and social (21%) well-being.
Other key findings include a notable increase in the percentage of respondents reporting that they’re considering taking a job with another company that would better support their well-being. This year, 60% of employees and 75% of the C-suite say they’re seriously considering quitting, versus 57% and 69% last year, respectively. Nearly two-thirds of managers (64%) are also contemplating changing jobs in search of better well-being.