A report from Gallup entitled State of the Global Workplace shows that US workers have the highest stress levels in the world. In one year, 57% of US and Canadian workers said they felt stressed every day. The survey results also show that one thing that can overcome stressed workers is having a healthy work environment.
Gallup’s chief scientist, Jim Harter, has also predicted this number before. American workers have experienced increasing stress, worry, sadness, and anger every day since 2009. Moreover, the pandemic factor continues to increase the pressure.
Stressed Workers: A Good Workplace Environment is Needed
A Gallup study also revealed the desires of workers. The younger generation expects their workplace to provide more value than just a salary.
Harter also mentioned that the workplace should have a responsibility to help improve employee welfare. If the company wants to have a strong workforce, then the way is to provide training and performance and attract the best talent.
In addition, he also outlines five elements of the workplace that must be focused on improving performance and helping employees develop: career well-being, social, financial, physical, and community roles.
Harter gives an example, stress in financial problems because of unfair wages. Or social stress due to an uncomfortable work environment. This can have a negative impact on the mental health of workers.
Leaders can conduct audits, such as through surveys and focus groups, to see if any company policies, structures, communications, or programs are negatively impacting the overall well-being of employees.
And when leaders introduce new programs or benefits, Harter says leaders must relate worker value to those five elements. So they understand why you provide multiple benefits, and the overall developmental environment for the job.