Organizations are only as resilient as the people who work for them; and a new report from Gallup shows that the latter is being challenged by record levels of employee stress.
The State of the Global Workplace: 2023 Report highlights the results of a global workplace survey. Findings show that:
Employee stress is at a record high
For the past two years 44 percent of employees reported that they had experienced a lot of stress on the day previous to being surveyed. Employee stress rose in 2020, likely due to the pandemic, says Gallup, but employee stress has been rising for over a decade. Many factors influence stress, but Gallup finds that ‘managers play an outsized role in the stress workers feel on the job, which influences their daily stress overall’.
The majority of the world's employees are quiet quitting
Potentially related to the previous statistic, nearly six in 10 employees reported that they were ‘quiet quitting’. Gallup says that this ‘is what happens when someone psychologically disengages from work. They may be physically present or logged into their computer, but they don't know what to do or why it matters. They also don't have any supportive bonds with their coworkers, boss or their organization’.
Over half of employees are actively or passively job seeking
51 percent of currently employed workers said they are watching for or actively seeking a new job. Increased pay is a top factor in what people want in their next job. But improved wellbeing and opportunities to grow and develop are also highly prized by job seekers says Gallup.