Woman relaxing Mindfulness apps, expanded EAP services, yoga, work/life resource and referral services are all positive wellness tactics to support individual employees but will not cure burnout. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employee emotional wellbeing continues to decline. In a recent Gallagher Pulse Survey, 39% of employers stated that employee emotional wellbeing had declined, that’s 13% worse than our last measurement in February of 2021. Additionally, only 4% of employers stated that employee emotional wellbeing was improving, that’s down 17% from February.

With 68% of C-Suite leaders being concerned about the impact of stress and burnout on their organization, emotional wellbeing has become a leadership issue. With heightened levels of stress, anxiety, depression and substance misuse being problematic even prior to the pandemic, the compounding stressors, chronic uncertainly, and changing work environment have accelerated the decline of emotional wellbeing and increased the potential for burnout. Now a business and cultural imperative, many organizations are responding but may be misguided in their efforts.

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