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More than one-in-five Americans are unable to disconnect after work hours
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More than one-in-five Americans are unable to disconnect after work hours

LifeWorks Mental Health Index™ reveals 21 percent of Americans struggle with disconnecting after regular work hours

LifeWorks, a leading provider of digital and in-person total wellbeing solutions, today released its monthly Mental Health Index™ that showed 21 percent of Americans are experiencing challenges disconnecting after regular work hours, with this group displaying a mental health score more than 10 points below the national average. Additionally, more than one-third of Americans report ending their workday feeling mentally and/or physically exhausted.

Marking two years since the launch of the Index, this month’s report found that American workers are still under strain with a mental health score lower than the pre-pandemic benchmark of 0.0 for the 24th consecutive month.

  • The Mental Health Index™ score for March 2022 is -4.8, a slight improvement from February’s score of -5.3.

Many American workers are experiencing burnout, leading to lack of concentration and motivation

  • Twenty-four percent of Americans find it increasingly difficult to concentrate on their work. This group has a mental health score of -26.0, more than 21 points below the national average.
  • Twenty-nine percent of Americans find it increasingly difficult to be motivated to do their work. This group has a mental health score of -21.8, 17 points below the national average.
  • Of the 21 percent of Americans who are unable to disconnect after regular work hours, 28 percent report that this is due to their manager continuing to contact them.
  • Thirty-seven percent of Americans report ending their workday feeling mentally and/or physically exhausted. This group has a mental health score of -19.7, nearly 15 points below the national average.
  • Respondents younger than 40 are twice as likely to feel mentally and/or physically exhausted at the end of their workday than those older than 50.

Comments from president and chief executive officer, Stephen Liptrap
“While many Americans have benefitted from the ability to work remotely during the pandemic, ensuring employees are able to achieve a healthy lifestyle remains the golden ticket to success at both organizational and individual levels. The reality is that while it can be challenging to establish clear boundaries between professional and personal lives, it is essential for employee wellbeing, and employers have a responsibility to implement the necessary policies, tools and resources to help make this possible.”

Comments from global leader and senior vice president, research and total wellbeing, Paula Allen
“The levels of stress and exhaustion we continue to see among American workers is extremely concerning but also not surprising given two years of upheaval, over and above typical life stresses. With two full years of risk, uncertainly and higher levels of isolation, it is highly unlikely that we will see a quick improvement in the mental health of the population, and any improvement requires intentional action. Positive workplace relationships are important, as are tangible resources including access to counseling, coaching and self-help tools.”

The full American LifeWorks Mental Health Index™ report can be found here. This month, the report includes additional insights on Americans’ substance use and associated career stigma, workplace-sponsored addiction support programs and more.

About the Mental Health Index™
The monthly survey by LifeWorks was conducted through an online survey from March 3 to 23, 2022 with 5,000 respondents in the United States. All respondents reside in the United States and were employed within the last six months. The data has been statistically weighted to ensure the regional and gender composition of the sample reflect this population. The Mental Health Index™ is published monthly, beginning April 2020, and compares against benchmark data collected in 2017, 2018, 2019.

About LifeWorks
LifeWorks is a world leader in providing digital and in-person solutions that support the total wellbeing of individuals. We deliver a personalized continuum of care that helps our clients improve the lives of their people and by doing so, improve their business.

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Heather MacDonald
LifeWorks
media@lifeworks.com
1-855-622-3327

Susan Sugg-nuccio
River Communications
Ssugg-nuccio@riverinc.com
1-914-686-5599

Source: LifeWorks