Supporting millennials at work

Forty per cent are ‘on edge’ but many don’t seek help they need from EFAPs
By Stephen Liptrap
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/18/2016

The dynamic of the traditional workplace is changing. Millennials — aged 18 to 34 — are entering the workforce with expectations that challenge the norm, causing employers to re-evaluate organizational practices and procedures.

One area employers might want to focus on is support programs. That’s because millennials, also known as generation Y, have emerged as the age bracket with the highest risk of mental health issues, according to a 2015 survey of 2,010 Canadians by Ipsos. The company’s Mental Health Index was created by understanding Canadians’ experiences concerning stress and depression over the last year.

More than one-half (53 per cent) of millennials classify as “high risk” — compared to 35 per cent of gen Xers (aged 35 to 54) and 14 per cent of baby boomers (aged 55+).