Although 25 percent of managers report team conflict, employee mental health remains unchanged from the early stages of the epidemic.
TELUS Mental Health Index
TORONTO, June 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TELUS Health today released its monthly mental health data, which found that employees who collaborate with others have better mental health outcomes than those who work independently. The index showed more than one in four managers reported experiencing team conflict last year, but this month, worker mental health in Canada reached near-epidemic levels.
As workers in Canada continue to experience poor mental health, the overall Mental Health Index score remained at 64.6 for the second month in a row.
Collaboration supports improved mental health in the workplace
Nearly two in five (38 percent) of those surveyed have jobs that require them to collaborate with others all the time. This group has the highest mental health score (66.3), three points higher than workers who do not need to collaborate with others (63.3).
One in seven (13 percent) workers surveyed do not need to collaborate with coworkers.
About three-quarters (73 percent) of employees describe a positive experience working with colleagues; This group has the highest mental health score (68.0), nearly 22 points higher than workers with negative experiences and three points higher than the national average (64.6).
Compared to when the outbreak began, workers said they felt less supported.
One in five workers said they did not feel supported by their employers when it came to mental health at the start of the pandemic.
Mental health scores for employees who don’t feel as supported as they did during the pandemic are nearly 16 points lower than those who feel supported and 10 points below the national average.
Nearly four in five (77 percent) workers report that mental health and support levels are similar. Almost one in ten (8 per cent) had reduced levels of mental health and wellbeing support.
Eighteen percent of employees never felt supported. This group’s mental health score is 14 points below the national average.
Comments from TELUS Health Chief Development Officer Jugi Sihota
“The past few years have shown us how important it is to look after our mental health and employers now have a vital role to play in providing additional support to their employees. While many organizations are making efforts to improve employee wellbeing since the pandemic, the numbers show there is still work to be done. Investing in the overall health of employees It means listening to your people and their unique needs to fuel the right kind of holistic mental, physical and financial support that ensures a strong, healthy culture that is highly productive and contributes to the overall success of the business.
Comments from TELUS Health GLobal’s Head of Research and Customer Insights, Paula Allen
“Our data shows that it’s about conflict in the workplace. We know from the Mental Health Index that our employees are more vulnerable to stress and anxiety. Positive relationships are an important buffer against stress. This underscores the importance of employers developing a culture that encourages communication and social support. Coworker relationships are linked to employee well-being and productivity.” Investing in programs and services can help people cope with their stress personally and manage relationships in ways that are constructive rather than damaging.
The full Canadian Mental Health Index report is available here. over here. This report includes additional insights into workplace challenges, achieving employee goals, safety, and more.
About mental health index
The TELUS Health Survey was conducted from May 1 to 8, 2023 with 3,000 respondents across Canada via an online survey in English and French. All respondents lived in Canada and had been employed in the past six months. The data were statistically weighted to ensure that the regional and gender composition of the sample reflected this population.
The mental health index is based on a response system that then converts individual responses into point values. Higher score values are associated with better mental health and less mental health risk. A score of 0 to 49 corresponds to low levels of stress, a score of 50 to 79 corresponds to low levels of stress and a score of 80 to 100 corresponds to good levels of mental health.
About TELUS Health
TELUS Health is a global healthcare leader serving people in more than 160 countries, using both digital innovation and clinical services to improve overall physical, mental and financial health and well-being at all levels of primary and preventive care. By harnessing the power of technology to deliver connected solutions and services physically and virtually, TELUS Health is improving access to care and information flow by facilitating collaboration, efficiency and productivity for physicians, pharmacists, health authorities, and healthcare partners. Advancing the vision of transforming healthcare and empowering people to live healthier lives, care professionals, insurers, employers and people worldwide.
Our clinical team consists of renowned and passionate healthcare professionals from around the world.
For more information, please visit: www.telushealth.com.
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