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LifeWorks today released its monthly Mental Health Index™, showing that the mental health of Canadians experienced the largest single month decline since October 2020, and one of the largest declines since the pandemic started. The overall mental health score for January 2022 was -11.3 compared to the pre-pandemic benchmark, representing a level not seen in eight months and among the lowest scores during the pandemic.
Canadians prioritize flexible work over career progression
- More than half (55 per cent) of working Canadians say that flexible work is most important to them, compared to one-quarter (24 per cent) indicating that career progression is the most important.
- When asked about mental health support provided by employers, 33 per cent of respondents say that flexibility is the most important action that their employer has taken to support mental health.
- Twenty per cent say that making them feel more valued is most important.
- Seventeen per cent say that empathy is most important to supporting mental health.
Recognition, peer relationships and salary are the top drivers of belonging at work
- The top response is that recognition or appreciation is the most important aspect of feeling a sense of belonging at work.
- The second most prevalent response is that co-worker relationships are the most important.
- Employees who report workplace relationships as the most important aspect of feeling a sense of belonging at work have higher mental health, work productivity, isolation and financial risk scores than national averages.
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