C-suite executives have been found to struggle more with their mental health than their employees, according to a new report by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence, a HR research and advisory firm.
The study of more than 12,000 employees, managers, HR leaders and C-Suite executives across 11 countries found that C-suite executives struggled to adapt more, with 53% having struggled with mental health issues in the workplace.
The report found they struggled the most with adapting to remote work realities and virtual lifestyles, with 85% reporting “significant” remote work challenges including collaborating with teams virtually (39%), managing increased stress and anxiety (35%), and lacking workplace culture (34%).
C-Suite execs were also 29% more likely to experience difficulties learning new technologies for remote work than employees. Once they adjusted to the new normal, however, they were 26% more likely to find increased productivity than employees.
In addition, they were also the most open using AI for help with mental health. Some 73% would prefer to talk to a robot, such as chatbots and digital assistants, about their mental health over a human, compared to 61% of employees.
Overall, the latest study found that mental health challenges created by the pandemic were found to impact workers differently depending on their seniority, generation, and location.
Younger generations experienced the most burnout, for example, while India, UAE, China and the US had the most workers reporting the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health.
Nearly 90% of Gen Z workers said the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health while 94% noted workplace stress impacts their home life.
Gen Z workers were also twice more likely than Baby Boomers to work extra hours during the pandemic, while millennials were 130% more likely to have experienced burnout than Baby Boomers.
Dan Schawbel, managing partner, Workplace Intelligence, said: “Diving deep into the differences between demographic and regional groups highlights the significant impact of the pandemic on the mental health for employees in various age groups, roles and regions.
“Amidst the challenges of the pandemic, companies can use this moment as a catalyst for positive change in their organizations. While the pandemic raised the urgency for companies to start protecting the mental health of their employees, the efforts they put in now will continue to create happier, healthier and more engaged workforces in the decades to come.”
Emily He, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud HCM, said: “The pandemic put employee mental health in the global spotlight, but these findings also showed that it created growing support for solutions from employers including technologies like AI.
“Everyone has been affected in different ways and the solutions each company puts in place need to reflect the unique challenges of employees. But overall, these findings demonstrate that implementing technology to improve the mental health of employees needs to be a priority for every business.”