Morneau Shepell’s Mental Health Index found the following;

Managers have had to deal with many new challenges. 1 in 4 managers say employee productively declined since the start of the pandemic, this increases pressure on management.

  • 15% see more productive employees
  • 26% see less productive employees
  • 57% the same

Both employees and managers indicate concern for the mental health of others at work

  • Everyone is thinking more about mental health, which is positive.
  • 33% of employees are concerned about a co-workers mental health.
  • 30% of managers concerned about the mean health of their team since the stat of the pandemic
  • It is important for colleagues and managers to act on this and check-in, talk, and point people to support, like an IEAP

4 in 5 managers have dealt with a specific mental health issue with at least one employee since the start of the pandemic

  • 24% – Yes, and I have provided support or reminded people how to get support
  • 35% – Yes, I have seen concerning behaviour changes, but I am not sure what to do
  • 20% – Yes, an employee(s) have brought it up with me, but I am not sure what to do
  • 21% – No, I have not had any mental health issues come up with an employee.
  • Having no support is extremely stressful for managers
  • Shows how important it is to train manages on what to do.

More than 4 in 10 managers have thought about leaving their jobs in 2020

  • In a stressed environment, one of the key indicators is people looking to exit the situation
  • Managers are more at risk of turnover than employees
  • 44% of managers considering new jobs vs 28% of non-managers
  • If I the job for 1 year or less, this increases to 52% vs 33% for employees in their job for 10 years or more

More than half of managers say their role changed since the pandemic, most of those think the change is permanent

  • 58% of manages say their role has changed significantly as a result of the pandemic
  • 67% of those say the change in their role will continue after the pandemic

Why are managers looking to leave their current roles?

  • 56% Increased mental stress at work
  • 32% Increased mental stress at home
  • 31% Employers response to pandemic
  • 11% My employers response to issues of race and diversity
  • 6% Better pay / advancement – This was the primary driver pre-pandemic

Separately, 48% of all employees (managers and non-managers) indicated the reason for considering leaving their job is a mental stress factor. This was also the top single reason.

Most common ask of managers is more support for the mental health and wellbeing of employees

  • 41% More support for mental health and welling of my team
  • 38% More training
  • 33% More support for my own mental health and wellbeing
  • 30% Additional policy guidance
  • 17% Nothing

For more insights, please select one of the following articles;

Morneau Shepell; MHI – Key findings and further information

Morneau Shepell; Employers Connect – Virtual Mental Health Summit

Morneau Shepell; MHI – The Pandemic’s impact on mental health & productivity

Morneau Shepell; MHI – The importance of Financial Wellbeing

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