If you need support for the proposition that employers need to take psychological health in the workplace more seriously, a Reuters global survey covering some 14,600 workers in 24 nations will give you some backup.
The survey found that nearly three in ten workers deemed their workplaces psychologically unsafe and unhealthy (link here):
Companies around the globe have work to do to improve worker satisfaction because three in 10 employees say their workplace is not psychologically safe and healthy, according to a new poll.
Whether it is due to stress, interpersonal conflict, frustration, lack of feedback or promotion, 27 percent of workers in 24 countries said they are not happy with the psychological aspects of their work environment, the survey by research company Ipsos for Reuters showed.
Some North American readers of this blog will be pleased to know that workers in the U.S. and Canada reported the highest levels of psychological safety at work:
Although many North Americans have fewer holidays than Europeans and may work longer hours and enjoy fewer social services, Americans and Canadians had the highest marks for positively assessing the mental health of their workplace, followed by workers in India, Australia, Great Britain and South Africa.
Nevertheless, Mexico ranked among the worst of the nations surveyed, with 4 in 10 workers giving negative marks to their workplaces.
Overall, not great
The rest of the survey respondents broke down this way:
- “47 percent . . . agreed that their workplace was ‘a psychologically safe and healthy environment to work in'”
- “26 percent hovered on the fence and weren’t sure”
Overall, the results are disturbing. Slightly under half of the respondents agreed that they work in psychologically healthy workplaces. The rest were split almost evenly between “unsafe” and “not sure.”
Nations surveyed: “Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.”
Hat tip: Workplace Issues Today