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Survey asks industrial workers about their mental health and support from employers

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New York — Workers in the manufacturing, warehousing, construction and transportation industries need better support for their mental and emotional needs, results of a recent survey suggest.

On behalf of StrongArm Technologies, a wearable technology company, research firm YouGov in August surveyed 602 workers in those industries. Nearly half (47%) of respondents said they feel stressed in their current job. Almost 1 out of 4 of the respondents in warehousing and transportation jobs said their work has had a negative effect on their mental health.

Other key findings:

  • 32% of the warehouse and transportation workers said they’re too tired to engage with friends and family because of their jobs.
  • Of that same group, 24% say they miss out on important life events because of their work hours.
  • Overall, 32% say it’s difficult to take time off.
  • 19% say their employer is resistant to helping employees with work-life balance.

“The future of work shouldn’t be exclusive,” StrongArm CEO Sean Petterson said in a press release. “The conversation that we’re hearing so much today around flexible benefits and more comprehensive body and mind support from employers isn’t including our most critical workforce – the industrial athletes who manufacture all of our goods, keep our grocery shelves stocked and deliver critical services. There has been a massive positive shift in the recognition of essential workers during the pandemic, and now it’s time for companies to walk the walk and provide them better support.”

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