The State of Millennial​ Mental Health at Work

R U OK? Or R U stressed all or most of the time?

I have been digitally leafing through ‘The Deloitte Global 2021 Millennial and Gen Z Survey‘ and found it a really interesting and pertinent read. In particular, the facts and stats on the current mental health state of the Millennial generation, specifically relating to their work/career, are pretty stark.

Here are some of the highlights:

31% of Millennials said they’ve taken time off work due to stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic 

41% of Millennials say they feel stressed all or most of the time

40% of Millennials feel their employers have done a poor job of supporting their mental well-being

To put that in to perspective: in a workplace with, say, 5,000 Millennial employees aged 25-40, approximately 2,000 are stressed all of the time and don’t feel their employers are doing even a satisfactory job (let alone a good or a great job) of supporting their mental health. Many of these Millennials will be leaders of teams and people and, most importantly, are business and societal leaders of the future.

The financial cost of this on employers and society must be huge, no doubt. But for the individuals, the impact is gigantic. Continuous periods of feeling stressed and anxious will undoubtedly lead to the number of Millennials taking time off due to stress and anxiety to grow even further from the 31% highlighted above. That will cause some real problems.

The time is now to focus on our mental wellbeing, especially at work. Deloitte concludes their report with this: “This research has shown that there has never been a more pressing need for employers to make mental health at work a priority.” I couldn’t agree more.

What do you think? Jot down your thoughts below.

Carpe Diem.

p.s. If you haven’t already, then I’d recommend giving James Routledge, Founder of Sanctus a follow. Indeed, I’m eagerly awaiting his book Mental Health at Work, which is due for release later this month.