Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of employees are experiencing high or moderate levels of stress, according to a new survey by Alight Solutions and Business Group on Health.
The survey, which polled more than 10,000 employees across the globe, found more than a third (34 per cent) of workers reported symptoms of burnout and just one in three employees said their employer cared about their well-being.
However, only 15 per cent of employees in the U.S. and the U.K. reported being aware of employer-sponsored stress-management programs. Of those who were aware of these benefits, fewer than a quarter (23 per cent) said they used them, even though 32 per cent of employees said they want their employer to offer more mental-health resources.
More than half (54 per cent) of respondents said a flexible work environment differentiated one employer from another, creating an opportunity for employers to set themselves apart from peers. Additionally, 59 per cent said being able to work remotely had a positive impact on their well-being.
“Employers can use this data to refine how employees learn about and experience well-being initiatives, as well as how to better meet the specific needs of employees,” said Ellen Kelsay, president and chief executive officer of Business Group on Health, in a press release. “Many employers have invested considerably in well-being resources in recent years and a key takeaway from these findings is that there is more they can do to ensure employees are aware of and utilizing those offerings.”
The survey also found U.S. employees experienced the most stress (43 per cent) about long-term financial planning. However, 47 per cent of U.S. workers said they felt in control of their financial future, compared to 35 per cent of their European counterparts.