Report: Millennials Reeling from ‘Unrealistic’ Workplace Demands

Work/life imbalance and data overload can cause younger employees to feel mentally fatigued.
By: | May 29, 2019 • 2 min read
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The idea that millennials love putting in long hours, enduring excessive work demands and practically living in their workplaces is apparently more myth than reality, and it’s probably hurting their mental health and their employer’s overall productivity, according to a recent survey.


The study, from Mental Health America and San Francisco-based Total Brain, found that more than 60 percent of millennials (ages 18 to 34) surveyed report that stress from work/life imbalance or unrealistic work demands causes them to be mentally unproductive at work.

In the 2019 Total Brain survey of 1,008 Americans, other interesting results include:

  • More than one in three 18-34 year olds say text messages, emails or social media updates contribute to being mentally unproductive at work.
  • More than half of 18-34 years olds describe themselves as severely or moderately mentally fatigued by the current stressors in their lives.

“With work being such an integral part of a person’s life, we can’t ignore the mental-health implications,” says Paul Gionfriddo, MHA’s president and CEO. “At MHA, we know it’s so important for workplaces to consider physical AND mental health, and these results indicate that more employers need to pay attention to both.”