A new survey from the Mental Health Foundation revealed that millennials are stressed about insecure job prospects and overwhelming workloads, exceeding that of baby boomers.
In the survey, which included 4,500 respondents, 27 percent of millennials said that stress often bothered them at work, and they were the group most likely to have stress interfere with their work. Conversely, only 12 percent of baby boomers reported that stress often bothered them at work, The Ladders reported.
Thirty-four percent of millennials reported that stress made them feel less productive, while only 19 percent of their older colleagues felt the same.
Several variables are affecting the stress levels of millennials, according to MHF’s Richard Grange.
“Millennials are more likely to have insecure contracts, low rates of pay and high entry-level workloads. The pressures they face in today’s employment market are very different to past generations,” Grange said.
Millennials and their older colleagues reported one thing in common — they were not comfortable talking to their managers about their stress at work. Collectively, only 14 percent of respondents said they were comfortable addressing their stress and its effects with their managers.
According to Theresa Nguyen, vice president of policy and programs at Mental Health America, managers could help reduce employee stress by communicating that it is okay to address the topic.
“If everybody from upper management to bottom management engages in a practice where they’re openly talking about their mental health problems, then it sends a message to the entire community [that] it’s OK to talk about these issues,” Nguyen said. “The goal is to allow people to feel like they can talk about this earlier instead of waiting ’til it’s a problem.”
Leave your comments below.