First-Ever U.S. Study on Workplace Wellness Finds 80 Percent of People Would Rather Work Alone Because of Unhelpful or Hostile Work Environments

NEW YORK and TORONTO, Oct. 5, 2015

In order to explore bullying and wellness in the workplace and to create methods to assess psychological health and eliminate the unnecessary stress factors, the nonprofit Faas Foundation launched the Initiative to Create Psychologically Healthy Workplaces. It has begun work by supporting projects with Mental Health America (MHA),Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH) and the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence.

MHA has developed a workplace bullying and psychological wellness survey that in the first three months has generated almost 2,000 completed responses. The survey has revealed stunning preliminary results.  Among those who scored as being in unhealthy:

  • Eighty-three percent reported that their company is overly focused on trivial activities.
  • Because of unhelpful or hostile work environments, 80 percent report that they tend to work alone.
  • Despite the difficulties they face, 41 percent of people in unhealthy work environments report that rarely or never miss work due to work related stress.

MHA is continuing to collect and analyze survey data, click here to take the survey which will be used to facilitate a forum with corporate executives.

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