Workforce Institute

Mental Health at Work: Managers and Money

Is your manager stressing you out, or do they have a positive impact on your mental health?


For better or worse, managers have a greater impact on our mental health than doctors and therapists — and even equal to that of spouses and partners. The Workforce Institute at UKG surveyed 3,400 people across 10 countries to spotlight the critical role our jobs, leadership, and, most of all, our managers play in supporting mental health in and outside of work.


At workplaces around the world, leaders and managers may hold more influence over their people’s mental health than they ever thought possible.

  • 60% of employees worldwide say their job is the biggest factor influencing their mental health.
  • Managers have just as much of an impact on people’s mental health as their spouse (both 69%) — and even more of an impact than their doctor (51%) or therapist (41%).
  • 81% of employees worldwide would prioritize good mental health over a high-paying job, and 64% admit they would take a pay cut for a job that better supports their mental wellness.

“The chronic anxiety that comes from working through one global crisis after another is wearing on employees. Being overwhelmed consumes human energy and impacts retention, performance, innovation, and culture. Employers can be the anchor of stability for their people by giving them the support and resources they need — not just what we think they need.”

- Dr. Jarik Conrad, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Executive Director of The Workforce Institute at UKG

This 10-country survey makes it clear that many people are suffering in silence. Leaders need to avoid burying their heads in the sand and instead make mental health a global topic of discussion within their teams.

Download the full report for insights and recommendations for building empathy, authenticity, active listening, and a growth mindset to create a sense of belonging, inclusion, and positive mental health at work.

Read the press release in our Newsroom.