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On World Mental Health Day, 48 percent say workplace culture is bad for mental health

The typical 40-hour work week means we spend most of our waking hours in the workplace. These are the spaces we navigate through routinely and the people we speak and collaborate with daily. With Mental Illness Awareness Week in full swing, it’s important to understand the reality of our workplaces’ cultures and their influence on our mental health. Thousands of employees in the accounting, consulting, advertising, and teaching industries use Fishbowl to discuss workplace issues, so we asked them about mental health.

We asked our industry-specific communities of professionals one simple question: “What impact does the culture at your workplace have on your mental health?”

Employees could answer with A.) Positive, B.) Negative, or C.) Neutral. The survey ran from October 3, 2019 to October 7, 2019 and was answered by a total of 4,159 professionals. 

Overall, 47.9 percent responded to the survey, saying that their workplace has a negative impact on their mental health. Across the board, a high percentage of professionals feel that the culture at their workplace has a negative impact on their mental health:

  • 56.7% of accounting professionals
  • 50.9% of teachers
  • 49.8% of advertising professionals; and
  • 43.9% of consultants

This was the most popular response, receiving nearly half of the survey responses from teachers and advertising professionals, and more than half of survey responses from accounting professionals.

Although most respondents say their workplace culture has a negative impact on their mental health, we can see that the second highest response – across all industries – is positive. Professionals in our communities said that their workplace culture had a positive impact on their mental health:

  • 24.2% of accounting professionals
  • 32.1% of teachers
  • 28.4% of advertising professionals; and
  • 33.2% of consultants

The least amount of respondents expressed that their workplace culture had a neutral impact on their mental health. Whether its positive or negative, its clear that the workplace does have an impact on one’s mental health. It may be reassuring to see positive as the second-highest response, but clearly more needs to be done to create positive organization culture. This raises the questions – how effective are community-building events and exercises, and how is their success measured? Is workplace culture a big enough priority for C-suite executives? How accepting is it to discuss one’s mental health in the workplace?

Most respondents say that workplace culture has a negative impact on their mental health
What impact does the culture at your workplace have on your mental health?

How do you and your workplace culture compare against these results?  Tweet us @fishbowlapp and let us know.

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