If you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone: Benefits Canada reports that 38% of Canadians say they are experiencing a high level of stress – up from 27% last year.

The survey, which polled more than 1,000 group benefits plan members from across Canada, found those in poor mental health (65 per cent) and poor overall health (63 per cent) were far more likely to report high levels of stress, as were those with caregiving responsibilities (57 per cent) or who had a major injury or illness in the past 12 months (53 per cent).

The top 3 sources of stress:

  1. Personal finances (38%)
  2. Workload (32%)
  3. Work-life balance (30%)

We know from our experience with ICBA Wellness that there are no quick fixes to destressing workplaces. But fostering open communication and providing resources for mental well-being can create a supportive environment that alleviates work-related pressures. It’s a start we can all make today.

Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.