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Survey shows generational differences in work-related mental health issues

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Alexandria, VA — Workers of all ages face mental health challenges, yet younger generations are feeling them more frequently, according to the results of a recent survey.

Researchers at the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation in March surveyed 1,000 workers for its “2023 State of Mental Health & Well-Being in the Workplace” report.

Overall, a third of the respondents said work has had a negative impact on their mental health in the past six months. Among the Generation Z workers and millennials, 47% and 46%, respectively, reported experiencing job-related stress at least once a week over the past six months. That compared with 27% of baby boomers and those in the Silent Generation (born before 1945).

Additionally, the Gen Z and millennial employees more often reported experiencing multiple work-related negative mental health impacts at least once a week for the past six months:

  • Depression (27% and 18%, respectively)
  • Feeling overwhelmed (42% and 36%)
  • Loneliness (24% and 17%)
  • Disengagement (30% and 26%)

“An employer’s role in addressing employees’ mental health as it relates to the workplace has obviously become increasingly important,” SHRM Foundation President Wendi Safstrom said in a press release. “Finding, communicating, and providing access to the benefits and support that reflect the needs of your employees, especially in a multigenerational workplace, is key.”

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