Global report: Nearly 3 in 10 workers say workplace is psychologically unsafe

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.

North America

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

2 responses

  1. I am left wondering whether the survey was as general as the reported results, or whether there was a specific description/definition of “healthy workplace”, whether there was information gathered about public vs private sector workers, and whether there was a breakdown of statistics for specific industies.

    The reported statistics may reflect nothing more than the level of respondent awareness of the issue…in which case we don’t look so good any more.

  2. I would reply to this in this manner: Imagine a society where people can go to work and do their job and be excited to be there and excited to get up in the morning and go to work,especially those of us that worked years to build skills so we could be professionals in this world and not just earn a paycheck but make a difference in the world, the way we were taught from kindergarten it would be if we kept going to school and forging ahead.Imagine having the freedom to go to work and be treated like an adult and being allowed to use your creativity and to be nourished in your occupation and to be allowed to learn and grow and expand your knowledge. Imagine a world where at the end of the day you are excited enough about your work that you cannot wait to return the next day. Imagine you are respected as a human being at work and you are appreciated for what you bring to the occupational table. Imagine being fairly compensated for your efforts and your time.
    What an amazing concept, what a different world it would be if employees could live that way, what an impact it would have on the economy and what an impact it would have on the healthcare system as medical bills begin to drop and work related stress becomes minimal. Imagine how families would come together because parents would have time to spend with their children and would not be stressed to the limit and burned out from being abused and over worked.Imagine how much more productive the work force would be with rested workers and employees that are not constantly stressed out.Unfortunately big government just does not see the good that could come from a society that functioned this way. Everyone complains about the economy and the way the world is going to hell in a handbasket!!! Well they are right because they fail to step up and deal with issues like this that have a global impact. MAKE WORK FUN, AND ENJOYABLE AND REWARD PEOPLE AND APPRECIATE THEM AND THEY WILL KEEP COMING BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN AND GIVE 10 FOLD. IT IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, WAKE UP LAWMAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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