Report: Almost half of PR and communications professionals have considered quitting because of their mental health

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There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on our collective workloads. Communications and PR professionals are busy at the best of times and the pandemic has added to this already difficult workload.

At the Center of Excellence in Strategic Communication (CSCE) So how do you really feel? In the Global Wellbeing Study (which you can download HERE), two-thirds of respondents said their mental wellbeing had declined since the start of the pandemic.

Main results included;

  • 48% of those employed in communications and public relations have considered leaving the profession for reasons of mental well-being.
  • Two-thirds of communications and public relations professionals said their mental well-being had declined since the start of the pandemic.
  • Less than half of respondents feel optimistic about their mental wellbeing in 2022.
  • Organizations need to listen more carefully to what their employees want and need when it comes to mental wellness support.
  • 73% of communications and PR professionals think their organization should be doing more to support mental wellbeing.
  • Employee assistance programs are not what they need with only 11% of respondents wanting this type of support.
  • They want more flexibility and resources to improve their mental wellbeing in the form of extra time off, wellness initiatives such as massage and meditation classes, and mental wellbeing checkups.
  • It is estimated that one in 10 organizations does not provide mental wellness support to its employees.

The survey was completed by nearly 800 communications and public relations professionals from 40 different countries.

Sia Papageorgiou FRSA, SCMP, Executive Director of CSCE, explained that the survey aimed to provide insight into what communications and PR professionals think about their mental well-being – to identify barriers to improving it and get information that employers, leaders and professionals in our profession associations can use to help ease the pressure.

Papageorgiou said: “What struck me the most is that less than half of respondents are optimistic about their mental wellbeing in 2022. Almost three-quarters of respondents indicated that their organization needs to do more to support mental well-being in the workplace. This situation is very worrying and needs to be addressed urgently. »

“Our Mental Wellbeing Report, which includes our survey results and seven case studies developed from interviews with communications leaders around the world, underscores that supporting the mental wellbeing of professionals communication and public relations is not just an asset.”

“In this global race for talent, it has become a business imperative and a strategic advantage, as evidenced by the best-in-class organizations we spoke to. These organizations listen, actively respond and create a psychologically safe work environment.

The survey also found that 20% of communications and PR professionals do not feel comfortable talking to anyone about their mental wellbeing.

Danielle Bond, chair of the international board of directors of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), sponsor of the wellbeing study, said the mental health and wellbeing of people within of our profession are extremely important to IABC.

“We want to play our part in advocating, supporting and empowering organisations, associations and individuals through the challenges of working life.”

“Communications and PR professionals must have the ability and resilience to lead change. These results highlight an incredible opportunity for professionals, with the support of their associations, to collectively influence what happens next.

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