Mental Health In The Workplace

Largest Study Ever Conducted Of Canadian Workplace Mental Health And Depression

Monday, November 19, 2007

Toronto, ON – In a Canadian Study of mental health in the Canadian workplace, these are just some of the findings on the issue conducted by Ipsos Reid for the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental health and sponsored by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. The study was carried out between October 29th and November 6th, 2007 in Canada and involved a full/part-time worker sample of 4122 individuals (1223 managers and 2788 non-managers).

Most (82%) Canadian Workers ‘Fulfilled’ with Their Job…

Speaking of the degree to which they are fulfilled with their jobs, a vast majority (82%) of Canadian workers indicate that they are ‘fully’ (23%) or ‘mostly fulfilled’ (59%) with their jobs. However, the results of the study reveal that managers are more likely (87%) to indicate that they are ‘fully’ (29%) or ‘mostly fulfilled’ (58%) with their jobs when compared to employees in a non-managerial capacity (80%), where fewer indicate that they are ‘fully’ (21%) or ‘mostly fulfilled’ (59%) with their jobs.

Furthermore, seven in ten (70%) employees indicate that their workplace is a healthy environment, once again with managers (74%) being slightly more inclined than non-mangers (68%) to indicate that this is the case. Similarly, two thirds (65%) of workers say that their employers recognize and appreciate the work that they do with managers being more likely (69%) than workers (63%) to believe that this is true.

Majority Believe Employers Give Sufficient Care and Flexibility To Employees for Personal Issues…

A majority (63%) of Canadian workers are of the opinion that their employer provides sufficient benefits such as health or dental plans, with managers being more likely (68%) than non-mangers to indicate this (61%).

As another appraisal of their employers, seven in ten (71%) workers in a managerial (73%) or non-managerial role (70%) believe that their employer respects their work/life balance. Moreover, eight in ten (78%) workers say that their employer provides them with the flexibility to respond to personal or family responsibilities. However, managers (82%) are more likely to suggest that their employer is flexible in this regard than are non-managerial workers (70%).

Further, three quarters (74%) of workers say their employer is supportive when they have personal needs, with managers (79%) having a higher propensity to agree than non-managers (72%).

Managers Work Longer Hours, Take Less Time Off…

In a typical week, Canada workers, both part-time and full-time, say that they work an average of 39 hours a week, with managers claiming to work longer hours (44 hours) than non-managerial workers (37 hours).

And thinking about how many days per year they take off of work for various reasons, this is how the data stacked up:

  • For physical illness, Canada workers take on average 3 sick days per year, with non managers taking 3.2 days a year and managers taking 2.4 days a year.
  • To care for a family member, workers take 1.6 days a year on average, with non-managers taking slightly more (1.6 days) time off than managers (1.4 days) for this reason.
  • For mental health reasons such as stress, on average Canada workers take off 1.1 days per year for this reason and, interestingly, managers take less time off (0.8 days) per year than non-managers (1.3 days) do.

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For more information on this news release, please contact:
John Wright
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Reid
Public Affairs
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Mental Health In The Workplace


Elen Alexov
Director, Marketing Services,
North America