A recent survey by EBRI/Greenwald Research, has revealed a pressing concern in the modern workforce: 74% of U.S. workers are either “moderately” or “highly” concerned about their well-being at work.
The survey, which questioned 1,505 U.S. full-time and part-time workers aged 21 to 64, reveals more than just concerns about well-being. Two-thirds of respondents stated that they are anxious about potential layoffs or reduced work hours, and nearly three-fourths are apprehensive about the absence of raises or bonuses.
However, despite these worries, half of the surveyed workers reported being happy with their current job, and slightly more than half are inclined to remain with their current employer for the next two years.
Company culture is cited as being the most influential factor. A significant 61% of respondents believe that company culture has a negative impact on their overall well-being. In contrast, only 22% view it as a positive influence. This data suggests that the intangible aspects of a workplace — such as company values, team dynamics, and organizational structure — play a crucial role in shaping employee perceptions and satisfaction.
Additionally, the survey touches upon the challenges of finding a work-life balance, with six in ten respondents finding it hard to juggle work and caregiving responsibilities, according to the report.
The report suggests that mental health is central to many employees in the workforce. The rising emphasis placed on mental health, work-life balance, and other qualitative aspects of a workplace show how company culture is still central to success. For businesses and organizations, understanding and addressing these concerns will be paramount for attraction and retention of top talent.