Source: LifeWorks Inc.
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  • The data shows that the 20 per cent of Canadians have experienced increased conflict and/or aggression at work
  • Thirty-four per cent of Canadians indicate their organization does not provide training, coaching or support to help deal with workplace conflict and/or aggression
  • The Mental Health Index score for May 2022 is 64.9 points out of one hundred, remaining nearly unchanged from April
  • The monthly survey by LifeWorks was conducted through an online survey from May 2 to 18, 2022 with 3,000 respondents
  • LifeWorks delivers technology-enabled solutions that help clients support the well-being of their people
  • LifeWorks Inc. (LWRK) opened trading at C$30.76

LifeWorks has released its monthly Mental Health Index that indicates many Canadians are experiencing increased conflict and/or aggression at work.

The data shows that the 20 per cent of Canadians that have experienced increased conflict and/or aggression at work have a mental health score more than 10 points below the national average.

Additionally, 34 per cent of Canadians indicate their organization does not provide training, coaching or support to help deal with workplace conflict and/or aggression.

The index found that Canadian workers are still under strain with an unfavourable mental health score. The Mental Health Index score for May 2022 is 64.9 points out of one hundred, remaining nearly unchanged from April’s score of 64.8 points.

Many Canadians are experiencing increased conflict and/or aggression at work, with a lack of organizational support to help navigate

  • Twenty per cent of Canadians have experienced increased conflict and/or aggression when dealing with the public or clients. This group has a mental health score of 54.1.
  • Women are 40 per cent more likely than men to have experienced increased conflict and/or aggression from the public or clients.
  • Managers are 60 per cent more likely than non-managers to have experienced conflict and/or aggression when dealing with the public or clients.
  • Thirty-four per cent of individuals indicate their organization does not provide training, coaching or support to help deal with conflict and/or aggression, 44 per cent indicate their organization does provide this and 21 per cent are unsure.

President and CEO Stephen Liptrap commented on the results.

“We are seeing heightened levels of workplace stress as tensions rise in the wake of newly enforced hybrid operating models. Other outside contributing stressors, such as inflation, are also impacting people in their daily lives. It’s critical for employers to take note of how these feelings are materializing among employees. Although conflict may be a natural response to stress, it is detrimental to business and employee wellbeing. To mitigate risk and ensure employees feel safe and supported, providing ongoing training and tailored resources is key.”

Global Leader and SVP, Research and Total Wellbeing, Paula Allen added,

“While Canadians have been experiencing ongoing periods of change for more than two years, it is important to recognize that this can still be extremely difficult to navigate. After a long period of strain, people are more sensitive to stress. This in addition to the current work and economic environment makes for a volatile situation. Organizations can help by acknowledging employee stress, fostering communication, a sense of connection and belonging, providing conflict management training, and promoting individual counselling and support.”

This month’s report includes additional insights on the impacts of inflation on Canadians, housing security, managers’ and employees’ perspective on working from home and safety at the workplace.

The monthly survey by LifeWorks was conducted through an online survey in English and French from May 2 to 18, 2022 with 3,000 respondents in Canada. The Mental Health Index is published monthly and compares against benchmark data collected in 2017, 2018, 2019.

LifeWorks, formerly known as Morneau Shepell, delivers technology-enabled solutions that help clients support the well-being of their people and build organizational resiliency.

LifeWorks Inc. (LWRK) opened trading at C$30.76.

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