Only 15 per cent of employees feel their employer is offering enough resources to support well-being during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by Lululemon Athletica Inc.
It found less than one third (29 per cent) of global respondents indicated strong well-being across physical, mental and social dimensions. Canadian respondents reported a number of barriers to well-being including the coronavirus pandemic itself (59 per cent), time and personal responsibilities (40 per cent), lack of money (45 per cent), lack of a personal-support network (45 per cent), health conditions (42 per cent), stress (31 per cent) and limited access to resources (30 per cent). By generation, gen-Zers (92 per cent) reported facing the most barriers.
To counter these trends among employees, employers can support better time balance and stress management for their workforce, and in turn, build well-being and resilience, said the survey’s report, which also noted the connection between a positive work environment and optimism for the future. More than half of employed respondents (55 per cent) said that time and personal responsibilities were the top things impacting their well-being, while 36 per cent who described their work environment as safe and supportive also reported higher levels of optimism.
Throughout the pandemic, the Vancouver-based athletic-wear company has supported its employees with physical, mental and social programs, including more than 1,100 online well-being and development courses and its mental-health first aid training to equip leaders with skills needed to support employees.