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World Mental Health Day: 55% of professionals in India feel stressed, reveals LinkedIn report

Work-life imbalance, insufficient incomes, and slow career progress are the top 3 causes of work stress in India.

By: Careers Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 8, 2021 10:51:41 am
At most rehabilitation centres, including the government-run regional mental hospital at Yerawada, the focus is on rehabilitation of patients in the community. (Photo: Pixabay)

More than half of India’s employed professionals are feeling stressed at work as well-being measures become a luxury for around 55 per cent working professionals, reveals LinkedIn’s special ‘mental health’ edition of the Workforce Confidence Index.

The survey responses of 3,881 professionals showcase that India’s overall workforce confidence remained steady with a composite score of above 55 from July 31 to September 24, 2021, despite drastic transformations in the world of work. But keeping up with these times of change for the last 18 months has adversely affected the mental health of working professionals in the country.

When asked to share their primary reasons for work stress, employed professionals cited ‘balancing work with personal needs’ (34 per cent), ‘not making enough money’ (32 per cent), and ‘slow career advancement’ (25 per cent) as the top three stressors at work today. Amid such stressful times, 1 in 3 professionals are also seen drawing optimism from the availability of jobs (36 per cent) and improved control over expenses (30 per cent) in today’s recovering, yet competitive jobs marketplace.

As workforce priorities continue to change in these transformative times, findings go on to indicate that flexibility and work-life balance will serve as critical talent drivers across the Indian professional landscape for years to come.

The special ‘mental health’ edition of the report has been launched to address the prevalence of work stress in India, and how professionals expect greater flexibility to keep their mental health in check.

Ashutosh Gupta, India Country Manager, LinkedIn said, “While nearly half of (47 per cent) employed professionals wish to end work at reasonable hours, only about one-third (36 per cent) were actually able to do so. And while 41 per cent planned for time-off, only 30 per cent could take time off in the past two months. These alarming statistics reflect the urgency for companies to understand how creating a culture that encourages work-life balance and prioritises wellbeing is critical moving forward.”

While greater flexibility remains a mutual need across generations, younger professionals found it easier to take a break than their older cohorts. Findings reveal that millennials were two times more likely to take time-offs, while Gen Z professionals were 1.5 times more likely to take breaks during the day when compared to baby boomers. Interestingly, boomers were 1.5 times more likely to be open with their colleagues about mental health and stress when compared to millennials as well as Gen Z professionals.

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