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Focus On Workplace Mental Health Bridges Younger Generations

A new study examining mental health in the workplace found 75% of Generation Z workers reported leaving a job because of their mental health.

When it comes to the 50% of Millennials who quit for their mental health, Nicole Chandler doesn’t think it’s a bad thing.

“They’re not willing to stay 20, 30, 40 years in a career that isn’t bringing them fulfillment,” she said.

Chandler received her Ph.D in Education at Grand Canyon University. Her dissertation focused on leadership differences between generations in an academic setting, but she said her findings can be applied to any workplace.

“Research show that there’s a shift from traditional hierarchical leadership to more of a team focus as this generational culture are exhibiting these changes in the workplace,” she said.

She added that the values and beliefs among generations are often more similar than different.

In order to have a healthy and successful work environment, Chandler said there must be a shared vision of success and values.

The study examining mental health in the workplace was conducted by Mind Share Partners, a non-profit organization focused on mental health in the workplace.

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