Just four in 10 (43 per cent) U.S. employees say their company supports them with resources to better manage and improve their well-being, down from 53 per cent in 2022, according to a new survey by human resources consultancy Alight Solutions.
The survey, which polled more than 2,000 employees, found fewer than half rated their mental/emotional (48 per cent), physical (48 per cent), social (48 per cent), professional (47 per cent) and financial (46 per cent) well-being positively.
The top five benefits employees cited as beneficial to their well-being were work-life balance (66 per cent), sufficient time off work (50 per cent), a culture that prioritizes well-being (41 per cent), well-being resources (39 per cent) and mental-health programs (34 per cent). However, just 45 per cent of respondents agreed their employer’s well-being benefits are relevant to them.
The survey also found 38 per cent of workers said their employer has discontinued a variety of well-being programs in the past year, such as stress management, nutrition, parental and caregiver support and mortgage assistance. Fewer than half (46 per cent) of respondents said their employer would support them if they experienced a well-being challenge and more than a quarter (27 per cent) said they’ve lost trust in their employer’s well-being efforts.
Three-quarters (75 per cent) of employees said they experience moderate to high stress levels, a percentage that increased to 80 per cent among generation Z and millennials. Respondents ranked personal finances (56 per cent), job challenges (52 per cent) and physical health (32 per cent) as their top sources of stress.
In addition, more than a quarter (29 per cent) of respondents said their mental health has declined due to the current economic environment. And three-quarters (75 per cent) said they’ve experienced some adverse effect of job-related stress, including sleep disruption (53 per cent), low morale (43 per cent) and anxiety attacks (37 per cent).