Even under normal circumstances, stress is woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. Now, in a climate transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been experiencing heightened levels of anxiety for some time. It seems stressful circumstances are everywhere we turn.
And that can really weigh on a person’s emotional health. Chronic stress continues to take a big toll on your clients’ workforce, and is a persistent threat to their employees’ overall well-being and productivity. In fact, according to Cigna’s 360 Global Well-Being survey of more than 13,000 people:
> 87% of workers say they’re stressed*
> 64% of workers feel they’re in an “always on” environment*
While stress may be pervasive and inevitable these days, its causes and impacts vary across generations and employee groups. Understanding the unique needs of each generation can help your clients plan their long-term health benefits strategy. For example, Millennials, who will make up half the workforce this year, are more affected by behavioral health conditions and type 2 diabetes than previous generations.** This first generation of digital natives sees everything that happens at work as part of their overall life experience, rather than separating work and life.***
Meanwhile, on top of coping with the impact of COVID-19, the “Sandwich Generation” is struggling with the emotional and financial burdens of caring for their kids and parents. So, how can your clients begin approaching workforce wellbeing within their companies, especially now? Click here to learn more about why it’s important to take initiatives to help increase workforce resilience, engagement and productivity.
For more information about approaching health care as a complete picture, click here.