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Nov 17, 2023

Growth at what cost? That’s what we unpack in this episode as Paula Allen, a data-driven strategist from TELUS Health, sounds the alarm on the alarming mental health crisis trends in today’s workplaces. We’ll explore eye-popping statistics, including the 60% of workers grappling with mental health issues, discuss how brain fatigue and mental health are significant invisible costs, and expose the critical link between mental well-being and organizational growth. Plus learn how personal financial stress has risen to its highest point since the COVID-19 pandemic and what growth-focused leaders can do to turn the tide for a healthier, more engaged workforce.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Age Cohort Gap: Mental health challenges are not solely determined by age alone. The gap in mental health between different age groups, particularly under 40 and over 40, has widened even further during the pandemic. Understanding why younger generations are experiencing worsening mental health post-pandemic is essential.
  2. Brain Fatigue: Brain fog, overwhelm, and anxiety are prevalent in the workforce, affecting a staggering 40% of working individuals. The increased pace of change and work structure contribute to these issues. Recognizing the impact of brain fatigue is crucial, as it can lead to decreased self-esteem and imposter syndrome. 
  3. Remote Work and Isolation: Remote work has its benefits, improving well-being for some individuals. However, it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. The lack of work culture and social connection can negatively impact mental health, particularly for new graduates. Organizations must pay attention to the needs of their remote employees and consider individual work styles and needs.

More about the TELUS Health Mental Health Index