24 Country Survey of Workplaces finds Employees in United States (64%) and Canada (60%) Agree Most Employees in Argentina (44%), Mexico (43%), Hungary (42%) and Spain (38%) Most Likely to Disagree

A global average of half (47%) of employees in 24 countries agree their current workplace is a ‘psychologically safe and healthy environment to work in’ finds a new survey conducted by global research company Ipsos for Reuters News. A further three in ten (27%) disagreed while one quarter (26%) place themselves in the middle of their assessment.


The United States and Canada ranked highest of the 24 nation workplaces to have the psychologically healthiest workplaces, according to employees in those countries. A majority of Americans (64%) and Canadians (60%) agree with the statement. They are followed by majorities in: India (57%), Australia (56%), Indonesia (55%), Great Britain (55%), South Africa (55%), China (54%), Turkey (53%) and Brazil (52%).


Three in ten (27%) global employees gave their workplaces the lowest marks for being psychologically safe and healthy with those workers from Argentina (44%), Mexico (43%), Hungary (42%) and Spain (38%) reflecting the strongest disagreement followed by Russia (36%), Poland (35%) and France (32%).

Demographically, those most likely to agree with the statement (rate 7, 8, 9 or 10) have a high household income (52%), have completed a high level of education (51%) and are over the age of 50 (50%).


Conversely, those most likely to disagree (rate 1, 2, 3 or 4) have a low household income (31%), have low or medium education (28%).


Ipsos surveyed a total of 14,618 employees in 24 countries to rate on a scale of 1 to 10, (where 1 means strongly disagree and 10 means strongly agree) how strongly they agree or disagree with the following statement: ‘Overall, my current workplace is a psychologically safe and healthy environment to work in.’


The top group of employees were those who scored at least 7 out of 10, the second group was in the middle range (rate of 5 or 6 out of 10) and the lowest or most likely to ‘disagree’ group rated their workplace as a 1, 2, 3 or 4 out of 10.