Survey: Healthcare employees give workplaces 'B' grade for mental wellness

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While healthcare employees give their workplaces a better grade than employees in other industries, they still experience stress, with nearly half  having taken a mental health day, according to Staples' Annual Workplace Survey.

The survey, conducted by KRC Research last August on behalf of Staples, involved 1,004 full-time U.S. and Canadian employees. Twelve percent of those employees work in healthcare, while the rest work in the finance, tech, government and public sector and industrial and manual industries.

The survey found healthcare employees gave their workplace a "B" grade compared to the "B-" given by employees in other industries.

It also found healthcare employees are more likely than employees in other industries to include "a private place to rest" and "breakroom" on their workplace wishlist. Twenty-six percent of healthcare employees said they would like to have, or have more, private places to rest compared to 21 percent of employees in other industries. Nineteen percent of healthcare employees indicated the same for breakrooms compared to 12 percent of employees in other industries.

Additionally, the survey found 49 percent of healthcare employees have taken a mental health day. Only two industries ranked above that: government and public sector (50 percent) and education (59 percent).


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