May 6, 2014

19 Frightening Workplace Mental Health Statistics

Workplace mental health statistics

Let’s face it, work can be emotionally grueling. And often, talking about this subject is taboo, but there are a lot of negative mental health effects that come from having a lot of stress at work.

We’ve done some research and found 19 of the most frightening mental health statistics that are correlated with stress at work:

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As you can see, there is some real damage that can be caused by working in a stressful setting.

The best thing you can do to avoid suffering from copious amounts of stress and anxiety at work is to make sure that you have a good work-life balance and do your best to do little things to make yourself happy.

Here’s a bit of a recap on some of the statistics from the infographic…

1. Workplace Attendance

Did you know that over 1 million people miss work everyday due to stress at work ?

I’m sure we’ve all felt as if we just had too much to do at work. It’s almost as if you’re in way over your head with work, deadlines, meetings, tasks, etc.

Sometimes, people just need to relax and unwind, and let’s be honest, a weekend isn’t enough time to unwind.

2. Loss Of Productivity

There are financial losses when it comes to productivity as $1,685 is lost per employee, which equals to about $225.8 Billion.

Let that sink in, over 225 Billion Dollars is lost because people are suffering from stress at work !

What are companies doing about putting their employees first, and letting them excel within their workplace, without being stressed?

If company were to try things like an employee engagement platform or push different initiatives to better the atmosphere within the office, it would lessen the toll that comes along with working hard.

3. Increased Workload

62 percent of workers have reported that their workload has increased over the past 6 months, and it has caused them to put off their vacation time.

This goes back to what I was saying earlier, when you feel as if you’re in way over your head with work, you tend to feel more stressed.

This can also cause you to want to put off vacationing because you don’t feel as if you’re being productive at work.

4. Working Late Night

70 Percent of employees say they have to work overtime in order to stay ahead, yet only 62 percent of employers agree with that.

This goes to show the dissonance between employees and employers.

It also goes to show that there is too much work being handed out and it may not be delegated in the appropriate manner.

We can create shorter workdays by working smarter

I still don’t necessarily believe that workdays have to be over 40 hours a week, but we can definitely do things to have efficient workdays.

5. Short Staffed?

More than 80% of employees feel as if companies are expecting too much work out of a small group of people.

One of the things that I hate about management is that they expect a ridiculous amount of work to be done by a small group of people.

This often leaves employees stressed the heck out, and the quality of work will be lower, due to the pressure that is added on by this problem.

Your company has to either hire more people, or set realistic deadlines with projects.

6. No “Me” Time

The average workweek has increased since the 1970’s, but leisure time has decreased up to 37 percent.

To sum it up, there’s not enough time to grow and advance as a person.

You’ll often here professionals “making their own time,” to do something they like, which is essentially them admitting that they have to sacrifice time … whether it’s from sleep or doing social activities, or even family time, just so they can do a hobby.

I know from a personal standpoint, I am constantly battling between going out, working out, or catching up on some much needed rest.

Even though I work for a small startup, I still have to make time to do my hobbies.

We can all hope that forward-thinking companies set a trend for shorter workdays and that all companies follow.

Rest assured, the second we get out of “startup mode” all of our employees will be working a lot less … time-wise.

7. Not Treating The Problem

The indirect costs of untreated mental health disorders result in a $79 Billion annual loss to businesses due to loss of productivity and absenteeism.

This goes to show that we’re opting for short term fixes instead of long term fixes.

I would like to assume this, because we aren’t giving help to those in need, whether it’s time, treatment, freedom, or autonomy at work.

Management isn’t giving people enough time to work out any problems they have, and this is likely to cause even more mental health issues.

8. Depression Is Causing A Lot Of Absences

Depression results in more days of disability leave than chronic health diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.

I think the popular consensus is that people aren’t willing to admit that they have depression or anxiety at work.

It’s one of those things that is still taboo in the workplace and is probably not seen by most management as a legitimate excuse to miss work.

I am hoping to see this change drastically within the coming years, especially with awareness for mental health disorders on the rise.

9. The Need For Healthier Lifestyles

4 out of 5 employees believe that their employers should encourage healthier lifestyles.

Employee wellness has always been a hot topic of ours and this statistic goes to show that 80 percent of the workforce is ready for their office to promote healthier lifestyles .

An office can do this in many ways:

  • Provide fruits and vegetables for the office
  • Have a meal plan
  • Offer gym memberships
  • Group workouts
  • Ergonomic desk equipment.
  • And more!

Find out what works for your office and come up with a plan to better employee wellness within your office.

10. Plain and Simple: Work is stressful

69 percent of employees say that their main cause of stress is work , 41 percent say they feel tense/stressed out throughout the day.

There’s a reason why within Officevibe we promote activities like meditation and going out for a walk during your workday. It’s to create less stressful work environments.

It’s up to managers to create a loose environment, where there employees can enjoy their work and focus on what they have to do.

It’s also up to the employees to take these opportunities to relax and gain a sense of perspective of their work and how it will affect them.

11. Lack Of Production Caused By Stress

51 Percent of employees claim to be less productive at work as a result of stress and anxiety at work.

The stress caused by work is causing people to be less productive at work. It may sound funny, but it’s absolutely true.

If you surround yourself with a problem, you’re only going to create more problems for yourself. So lessen the stress by coming up with a way to work happily.

12. No Money, More Problems

24 percent of employees work six or more hours a week without getting paid for it. 47% of management does the same.

I understand that some people are just overachievers, but the fact of the matter is that there’s no financial motive or gain for working extra. So you’re working your ass off just to stress yourself out more.

There’s no need to push your mental health to its limit, especially if there’s no gain from it.

So take it easy, you workhorse.

13. Way More Than 40 Hours a Week

So, in order to be a full-time employee you have to work a minimum of 40 hours a week.

However, 80% of US workers are putting in 48 hours a week and 2/3 of today’s employee feel overwhelmed at work.

The fact of the matter is that you don’t need to work this much in order to get a lot done. You can easily do a lot more in a fraction of the time, if you focus on becoming a result-oriented workplace.

14. Family Matters

1/3 of working mothers would take a pay cut to spend more time with their children. 1/4 of the workforce has missed a significant family event due to work.

Most companies aren’t promoting work life balance and these are some of the effects of not having it.

Families have less time to spend with one another and unfortunately, parents can not be there for significant moments in their children (or family member’s) life.

15. Work Is Causing Issues At Home

Research is showing that there’s a negative work to family conflict and organizational commitment.

I’m sure we’ve all had to choose between work and a personal problem. Chances are, you’ve picked to take care of work, being that you can put off a personal problem.

Well, whether you want to believe it or not, doing this is hurting you and the people around you.

16. Stress At Work Is Costing A Lot of Money

The cost of chronic diseases make up more than 75 percent of the $2 Trillion health care costs in the United States.

Basically, you’re job is costing you a lot of money in health care treatments.

If you’re not making time to practice healthy habits at work or outside of the office, you’re more likely to obtain a chronic disease, which is “no bueno”! So make sure you start taking care of yourself. And keep it “chill” from here on out.

17. Don’t Promote Employee Health

52 Percent of employees say that their company doesn’t do enough to promote employee health.

This kind of goes with what we mentioned earlier, companies are not doing enough to promote healthier lifestyles and not doing things to improve employee wellness.

Yes, there is a correlation between health and happiness, and it’s important that all companies start doing things to promote them. It can be as simple as trying a unique employee wellness initiative.

18. Poor Mental Health Is Costing Companies Billions

Mood disorders are set to cost more than $50 Billion in lost productivity and result in $321 Million in lost workdays.

Mood disorders are a silent killer.They can slowly break a person down and cause them to kill a team’s momentum.

I’ve seen it happen and it’s not a pretty sight. I know those numbers might seem a bit bloated, but I actually think the amount of money lost is way higher.

Based on the data that we have compiled on our infographic, it’s safe to say that there are a lot of stressed employees and employers are not doing much to create great environments.

19. Positive Results For Having Happy Employees

Companies with the most effective health and productivity initiatives achieve:

  • 11% more revenue per employee
  • 28% higher shareholder returns
  • Lower medical trends
  • Fewer absences per employee

The numbers never lie! If an employer is taking care of their employees’ health and doing their best to encourage a productive atmosphere, the company is going to succeed.

Your company can easily start making small changes to effectively battle the effects of bad mental health within the workplace.

I think it’s time for the workforce to go through a revolution, in terms of how we work.

We don’t need to work harder, we need to begin working smarter. We don’t need to work longer, we have to be more efficient. Lastly, we don’t have to stress over work, we need to make sure we’re enjoying what we do!

Of course, like most things, this is easier said than done. All we need is one forward-thinking company to set the trend for other companies to follow.

What Do You Think Of Anxiety and Stress At Work?

Is your office creating a stress-free environment? How are they doing it? Do you have any tips to create a low-stress, high productivity workplace?

Let us know your thoughts on twitter @Officevibe, as we would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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