Employees who feel like they don’t belong at their workplace are 59 per cent more likely to consider quitting their job due to mental-health concerns, according to a new survey by LifeSpeak Inc.
The survey, which polled 1,000 employees and 1,000 human resources professionals, found nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of employees who reported a low belonging score said their employer doesn’t prioritize their well-being.
Slightly more than half (52 per cent) of employees said they’re comfortable talking about their health and well-being needs at work, down from 60 per cent last year. The survey noted working mothers were three-times more likely to feel unsure of talking about mental health in the workplace.
It also found women were 30 per cent more likely than men to say their employer doesn’t offer a culture of health and well-being, while women of colour were 22 per cent more likely to have considered quitting their job in the last 18 months due to health and well-being concerns. Employees who identified as Black, Indigenous or people of colour were 50 per cent more likely to use employer-sponsored health and well-being resources on a monthly basis.
“Employees are making job choices based on an alignment of values and cultural factors, such as diversity, inclusion and support for well-being and a balanced life,” said Michael Held, founder and chief executive officer of LifeSpeak, in a press release. “Our latest research underscores these trends and suggests that by focusing on creating a healthy culture and supporting whole-person well-being, employers can create a sense of belonging that has a ripple effect of positive health and business outcomes.”