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New Survey Reveals the Impact of Sunday Scaries and Other Employee Mental Health Issues and Needs

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As employers look to 2022, many are prioritizing employee wellbeing and wellness, both as a result of combatting pandemic-induced stresses and the Great Resignation. While companies are realizing that employee wellbeing and wellness impact everything from retention to revenue, employees are still struggling and some more than others. One tell-tale sign is that nearly half think about work stresses on the weekend, according to a new report, “Voice of the Workforce: What Employees Say They Want,” from Isolved, a company specializing in human capital management solutions 

Isolved’s survey of more than 1,000 full-time “knowledge worker” employees in the U.S. indicates that 42 percent are affected by the “Sunday Scaries” in that they feel very stressed the night before returning to a work week. When asked if their boss is an advocate for their mental wellbeing, 55 percent of employees thought they were, but 21 percent believe their boss is detrimental to their mental wellbeing, and 24 percent are unsure. 

The top ways employees believe their employers could better support their mental health include offering paid mental health days (48 percent), providing flexible working arrangements including remote work (46 percent), and implementing a four-day work week (45 percent).

“Employees can’t bring their best selves to work if they’re not feeling well physically or mentally,” says Amy Mosher, chief people officer at Isolved. “It is not surprising to see that employees want paid mental health days and that their direct manager plays a bigger role in ensuring their wellbeing at work. With proper paid time off, flexibility, and leadership training, real impact can be made on curbing employee stress and creating excitement to return to work. Connecting with employees’ core values by reinforcing support for giving and volunteering causes that matter most to individuals can also help.”

An overwhelming 80 percent of employees, in fact, believe their employer aligns with their core values, but the data suggests organizations’ diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) efforts and employee resource groups (ERGs) are failing the populations that they were designed to help.

A mere six percent of employees indicated DEI&B initiatives/groups actually work in keeping them engaged at work, but 49 percent expect their employers to have them. Further, while 51 percent of employers offer ERGs and committees at work, an alarming 49 percent still do not, which is showing in how those who are neurodiverse, such as those with autism or dyslexia, or have physical disabilities are experiencing their workplace.

The survey went further to ask respondents who identify as neurodivergent, how their personal wellbeing and wellness could be supported. The top ways were by creating better awareness of their neurodiversity, providing the opportunity to work remotely, and providing more resources. 

For respondents with a physical disability, their companies can better support them by offering support groups, the opportunity to work remotely, and creating a better awareness of physical disabilities.

For more on employee wellness, don’t miss New Survey of U.S. Workers Reveals Priority Shifts, Desire for Workplace Burnout Reduction Strategies and Why Empathy on Teams is So Essential During These Uncertain Times.

About The Author
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Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures, ForbesTraveler.com, E! Online, Gayot.com, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.