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The mental health of Canadians was not as bad in December 2021 as it was in December 2020, according to a monthly survey, but employees still have strong concerns about their workplace when thinking about their well-being. to be.

The LifeWorks Mental Health Index (MHI) uses data from an online survey of 3,000 Canadians to create a monthly report that rates the mental health of Canadians relative to pre-pandemic levels.

In December 2021, the Canadians scored -10.2. Although this is a far cry from the pandemic low of -11.8 from the previous December, it still marks a decline from November.

LifeWorks is a human resources company formerly known as Morneau Shepell, and their survey data focuses on employee mental health.

According to the December report, the number one thing Canadians want from their employer is full flexibility to take time off work if they have a personal emergency, with nearly a third of Canadians saying it’s a priority.

About a quarter of Canadians surveyed said flexibility in their hours is the most important thing, while another quarter said where they work is most important, i.e. whether they could work remotely or not.

When it comes to what Canadians think would work best for their teams, 38% said full flexibility, which means giving employees the ability to decide when, where and how long they work, would be the most ideal scenario.

“As flexibility in the workplace continues to grow in importance among Canadians, it is essential that employers listen to their employees and determine how they can provide support – whether that means flexible hours for those working from home in order to allowing time for childcare, or the ability to take time away from work for an appointment or other personal business among frontline workers,” Stephen Liptrap, president of LifeWorks, said in a statement. hurry.

“Ensuring that employees feel trusted and encouraged to balance their work and personal life in a way that works for them is key to fostering a company culture that prioritizes employee well-being.

Only 15% of respondents said full telecommuting would be the best option for all their colleagues, while only 17% said they wanted everyone to be physically in the office together.

A key detail was that only half of Canadians believe their CEO really cares about employee well-being.

Only 59% said HR policies at their workplace actively support employee wellbeing. Those who worked in places where they said HR policies did not support their wellbeing had significantly lower mental health scores than those who felt supported by HR.

About 42% of Canadians in December said they thought their career options would be limited if they had a mental health issue that their job was aware of.

LifeWorks releases monthly ICM results shortly after the pandemic began. The mental health of Canadians saw an improvement from January to August 2021, peaking at -9.7 in August compared to pre-pandemic levels, but levels have declined slightly in recent months.

And there is a big gender gap. Throughout the pandemic, women reported much lower mental health scores than men, and in December 2021, the mental health score for single women was -11.8, compared to -8.6 for single women. men.

The 3,000 participants who completed the survey were selected to accurately represent the age, gender, industry and geographic distribution of all Canadians, and all are currently employed or have been employed in of the last six months.

In December 2021, 4% of respondents said they were not currently employed and 10% reported reduced hours or pay.

Finances can weigh heavily on the minds of Canadians, according to the report. Those who saw their wages cut from the previous month reported a mental health score of -23.9, lower than those who were unemployed. Those who reported having no emergency savings continued to report lower mental health, with a score of -32.0, compared to those who had emergency savings.

In Canada, results varied by province. The Maritimes saw the biggest drop in mental health from the previous month, dropping 1.6 points to a score 13 points below the pre-pandemic benchmark. However, that only excludes Newfoundland and Labrador, which continues to have the highest mental health score on the ICM in Canada, at -6.2.

Manitoba saw the biggest improvement since November, rising nearly five points to -6.5.

The MHI is created by comparing survey data to existing data from 2017, 2018 and 2019, which creates a baseline for levels of mental health before the pandemic.

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