Employee Happiness
  1. US workers’ mental health strained; employer relations cited as a significant factor.

LifeWorks released its monthly Mental Health Index™ that found 17 percent of Americans report a decline in trust between employers and employees since the start of the pandemic,

Workplace culture has the largest impact.

  • Among those who report lower trust, 38 percent of workers blame a change in workplace culture. 
  • One in four faults a change in how employers handle employee well-being.
  • Twenty-two percent say that perceived changes in employee commitment led to decreased trust.
  • Conversely, the 12 percent of people that say trust has improved give credit to positive changes in communication, culture, and the employer’s support for employee health and well-being.

Trust and connectivity affect workers.

  • American workers who say there has been no change in trust with their employer have the most favorable mental health score (72.1).
  • The mental health of those with a positive view of how the return to work/reopening is being handled was 75.1, nearly five points higher than the national average.
  • Managers are twice as likely as non-managers to report improved trust between employees and employers.

“The data is clear. Workers who report trust in their employer have higher mental health scores and higher productivity,” Paula Allen, LifeWorks senior vice president of research. Read More Here.