30+ Employee Mental Health Statistics Every Business Leader Should Keep in Mind in 2022
The events over the past two years have fundamentally changed the U.S. workplace.
From the COVID-19 pandemic to the murders of George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, and others, the attack on Capitol Hill, wildfires on the west coast, and more– these events will have long-lasting and unknown effects on the mental health and well-being of your employees. Not to mention the changes to where and how we work, which have also created new challenges for employees.
Heading into 2022, business leaders can no longer ignore the mental health crisis sweeping across the nation.
Below you’ll learn some of the most eye-opening employee mental health statistics for 2022 and the steps you can take to respond to your employees’ most pressing mental health needs.
Employee Stress Statistics
- 57% of U.S. workers reported feeling daily stress, up by eight percentage points from the prior year. (Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace: 2021 Report)
- 88.1% of employees reported concerns with their stress levels over the past year. (Pathways’ Mind at Work: A Report on Employee Mental Health)
- 94% of workers report feeling stress at work, and almost a third describe their stress level as high to unusually high (American Institute of Stress).
- Three-fourths of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. (NIOSH)
- 16% of employees have quit a job because of stress. (Korn Ferry)
- Younger Americans between the ages of 15 and 49 are among the most stressed, worried, and angry in the U.S. (Gallup)
- Five hundred fifty million workdays are lost each year due to stress. (American Psychological Association)
Employee Burnout Statistics
- Nine out of 10 employees are concerned about their burnout levels. (Pathways’ Mind at Work: A Report on Employee Mental Health)
- Over half (52%) of survey respondents experienced burnout in 2021, up 21% from pre-COVID surveys. (Indeed’s Employee Burnout Report)
- The gap between women and men who say they burned out has nearly doubled in the last year. (McKinsey & Co.’s Women in the Workplace Report)
- 44% of employees say they are more burned out on the job today than a year ago. (Robert Half)
- Burnt-out employees are less likely to respond to survey requests about said burnout, and the most burned-out employees may have already left the workforce. (McKinsey & Co.)
Employee Depression Statistics
- 29% of employees describe themselves as depressed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Gartner HR Study)
- Depression interferes with a person’s ability to complete physical job tasks about 20% of the time and reduces cognitive performance about 35% of the time. (Center for Disease Control)
- Over 70% of employees reported some level of concern with their depression levels in Q4 2020. (Pathways’ Mind at Work: A Report on Employee Mental Health)
- Only 57% of employees who report moderate depression and 40% of those who report severe depression receive treatment to control depression symptoms. (Center for Disease Control)
- Depression in America now costs society $210 billion per year. (Analysis Group)
Work-Life Balance Statistics
- Work-life balance was the third-highest concern for employees in 2021. (Pathways’ Mind at Work: A Report on Employee Mental Health)
- 19% of employees say that "flexibility and/or work-life options" have the most impact on their satisfaction at work. (PwC’s Employee Financial Wellness Survey)
- 72% of employees report that work-life balance is very important when considering a new position. (Statistica)
Employee Substance Abuse Statistics
- 36% of workers say an addiction or substance abuse issue has affected them more since the pandemic began. (The Standard)
- One in four employees is concerned about their substance use levels. (Pathways’ Mind at Work: A Report on Employee Mental Health)
- 57% of employees lost 10+ hours of productivity per week due to substance abuse. (The Standard)
Employee Engagement and Productivity Statistics
- Only 36% of employees are engaged in their work and workplace. (Gallup)
- The percentage of actively disengaged employees is up to 15% in 2021. (Gallup)
- Almost 20% of employees showed a high level of concern with their productivity levels in 2020. (Pathways’ Mind at Work: A Report on Employee Mental Health)
- Highly engaged employees and business units are 21% more profitable (Gallup)
Statistics on Employer Mental Health Support and Wellness Programs
- 53% of employers added mental health programs to address COVID-19 concerns in 2021. (PwC’s 2021 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey)
- 72% of employees want employers to champion mental health and well-being, but 63% think their workplace is unhelpful (Peldon Rose).
- 44% of employers added or increased wellness programs. (PwC’s 2021 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey)
- 70% of employees enrolled in wellness programs have reported higher job satisfaction than those not enrolled in the companies’ programs. (Alfac’s Workforces Report)
- 67% of employees with a mental illness report that it is challenging to access care. (McKinsey and Co.)
The statistics you see above are striking; but, they don’t paint a complete picture. Individual employee mental health is not easy to quantify, and the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic continue to influence and shape the minds and well-being of American workers.
As business leaders look toward the future, one thing is sure—employees want mental health and well-being support to be a pillar in the U.S. Workforce and at their place of employment.
Implementing an employee mental health program gives employees the tools necessary to manage their emotions and stress effectively. When you equip employees with well-being skills and coping mechanisms, they can better manage their work and personal lives.
To learn more about the top concerns of your employees, please check out our most recent report: