Millennials more affected by stress than baby boomers



Danny McCance

14 May 2018 11:13am

More than a quarter (28%) of millennials say they expect stress at work compared to 12% of baby boomers

Millennials –people aged18 to 38 – feel the most pressure in the workplace, leading to 34% of them being less productive – compared to just 19% of baby boomers (ages 53 to 71).

Moreover, 27% of millennials are bothered by their work stress levels, compared to just 17% of baby boomers, according to a stress survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and Mental Health First Aid England (MHFAE).

Earlier this month, research suggested that 37% of respondents had seen absence due to stress increase in their organisations in the past year.

“A good job where we feel secure and supported can boost our mental health. But poor and insecure working conditions undermine good mental health,” said Richard Grange, a spokesperson for MHF.

He highlighted that millennials “are more likely to have insecure contracts, low rates of pay and high entry-level workloads.”

Today’s research found that a quarter (25%) of millennials went as far to say that they’d compromise their health to do their job while only 18% of baby boomers would do the same.

Grange also said that the pressure in the modern employment market is very different to that faced by previous generations.

In February, the government announced various new employment rights for millions of gig economy workers, following last year’s Taylor Review into modern working practices.

Jaan Madan, workplace leader at MHFAE, said more needs to be done to translate previous steps in improving mental health awareness in the workplace, as the research showed only 14% of both millennials and baby boomers felt comfortable speaking to managers about stress.

However, this could be seeing a change. A recent survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD) found that the number of directors being approached by staff regarding mental health has risen by 12% from last year.

It found that 39% of directors reported being approached in 2018, while 42% of employees reported taking time off due to mental health related problems.

“Larger organisations need to make sure that good practice spreads through every layer of their organisation,” said Stephen Martin, director general of IoD, adding that in smaller firms, even though resources might be limited, managers need to show a willingness to engage with the issue.

Research in January suggested that 30.4% of accountants suffer from mental health issues, with 43.5% believing their work was a low-key contributor to their poor mental health.


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