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Thursday, March 14, 2013

2013 Work And Well-Being Survey



American Psychological Association (APA)


2013 Work And Well-Being Survey

[full-text, 30 pages]


Press Release 5 March 2013

APA Survey Finds US Employers Unresponsive to Employee Needs


Executive Summary

•Despite growing awareness of the importance of a healthy workplace, few employees said their organizations provide sufficient resources to help them manage stress (36 percent) and meet their mental health needs (44 percent).

•Only 59 percent reported having adequate employer-provided health insurance.

•Just 42 percent of employees said their organizations promote and support a healthy lifestyle.

•Only 36 percent reported regularly participating in workplace health and wellness programs.


Women Still Face Disparities at Work

•Despite many advances for women in the workplace, the office still doesn’t feel like a level playing field for many women who reported feeling less valued than men (48 percent of women vs. 54 percent of men).

•Less than half of employed women (43 percent) said they receive adequate monetary compensation for their work, compared to 48 percent of employed men.

•Similarly, fewer employed women reported that they receive non-monetary recognition for their contributions (42 percent vs. 45 percent).

•Further, fewer employed women than men reported that their employer provides sufficient opportunities for internal career advancement (35 percent vs. 43 percent) or resources to help them manage stress (34 percent vs. 38 percent).

•Though employed women were more likely than men to report having good mental health (86 percent vs. 76 percent), more women said they typically feeling tense or stressed out at work (37 percent vs. 33 percent).


Work-Life Fit and Flexibility Lagging

•Only 52 percent of American workers believe their employers value work-life balance.

•Just 39 percent reported that their employers provide options for flexible work and 30 percent said their employers provide benefits that help them more easily meet their non-work demands.

•Only 37 percent of women reported regularly using employee benefits designed to help them meet demands outside the office, compared to almost half of men (46 percent).

•Just 38 percent of women said they regularly utilize flexible work arrangements, compared to 42 percent of men.

•Overall, one third of working Americans (33 percent) said that work interfering during personal or family time has a significant impact on their level of work stress.

•One in four employees reported that job demands interfere with their ability to fulfill family or home responsibilities.




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