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Stress is critical issue for employees' health and wellbeing

Almost half of all employees (47%) report feeling stressed in everyday life, according to a new survey conducted by Mercer Marsh Benefits.

The report 2023 Health on Demand is based on a survey of more than 17,500 employees in 16 markets across the globe about their priorities. The report said when it comes to health and well-being, employee stress is a critical issue for talent attraction and retention.

When the respondents were asked what factors put them at risk for burnout at work, the top three were work pressures (54%), poor leadership (39%) and toxic culture (37%). The survey found that only 58% of employees agreed or strongly agreed that they feel free to speak their mind without fear of negative consequences.

There is a discrepancy in what employers and employees think – although 88% of companies consider themselves caring (they have a supportive culture and embrace the health and safety of their people), only 66% of employees say their employers care about their health and well-being.

The firm said workers in financial services companies and in construction are the most likely to believe their employers care, whereas those working in healthcare, education and retail are more likely to believe their employers fall short in this area.

Mercer Marsh Benefits global advice and solutions leader Amy Laverock said, “Employees who feel cared for by their employer are more likely to report organizational leadership that is committed to a healthy culture. Work-related commitments such as embedding well-being in job design and taking action on issues such as living wages and social justice are a part of this. It also means giving employees confidence that they can afford the healthcare that they and their families need and having access to benefits that are relevant to them.”


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