The Anthill 20:20 Study was established in August 2019 to determine the current Global Workplace Mental Health Well Being status, in turn determining an overall, ranked, profile of ‘Workplace Fulfilment Influencers’ combined with ascertaining the current ‘Coefficient of Workplace Mental Health Well Being’. The Study is funded by the Glass Half Full Community (GHFC), being a not for profit initiative with no costs incurred by those who choose to participate via the Study survey.
The Study Team is based on professionals who have experienced not only long careers within a cross section of industry sectors, but also experienced the impacts of an unhealthy workplace in terms of mental health wellbeing.
The Study is currently in the process of validation, requiring a minimum of 1,000 submitted Study surveys to achieve 'validation'. The Study is open to everyone to participate in, even if it means reflecting on a previous workplace experience.
Mental illness is still misunderstood. The GO1 Workplace Wellbeing Survey, released today, asked Australians to rate how their employers protected the mental health of their staff. Only 33% of employees are comfortable talking to their manager about their mental health, 16% 'uncomfortable' and 28% 'very uncomfortable'.
Employers are failing Australia’s workforce when it comes to their mental health. “As an employer it’s very hard to have employees, there’s a lot of stigma (around mental health) that you shouldn’t talk about it and I think talking about it is very important." Director of Sweaty Betty PR, Roxy Jacenko.
Each qualitative study submitted is to be quantified using the Anthill 20:20 scoring template. The interpretation of each score will reflect on the individual's 'Workplace Fulfilment Influencers', be it Colleagues, Workplace Culture, Role/Job or Organisation Leadership. The objective over time is to build up a profile of the current Primary through to Quaternary Workplace Fulfilment Influencers, at a Global, Country and Local level. The findings of this study will then be available for all Organisations to review and consider when implementing strategies to support Mental Health Well Being in the Workplace.
When responding to the questions in this section of the survey, you are ranking in order of your level of feeling towards 4 'sources/influencers of fulfilment' in your current workplace. In short: What makes you get out of bed each working day? Example: 'I get up each morning motivated to catch up with my colleagues and hear their latest news'. Or, 'I get up each morning excited that I work in a place that has a culture of doing the right thing for their staff and their customers'. Or, 'I get up each morning enthused by the prospect that I really enjoy my job/role. (Note: base your response on job/role satisfaction, not on salary/security); I've found my niche and love it'. Or, 'I get up each morning reassured that I will be treated with respect by the leadership team; given every opportunity to make a positive contribution at which ever level I choose'. All the above could be your 'Primary' Influencers, however your task is to rate your Influencers in order of most fulfilling, from 'Primary' to 'Quaternary'.
The key to framing your responses ion this section is to 'not to overthink it'. For each Influencer you do have 3 opportunities to rank/rate how often you feel fulfilled alongside that Influencer, (from 'Always' to 'Sometimes' to 'Never'). Your 'No 1 Ranking' being based on how you most often feel; with your 'No 3 Ranking' relating to the least level of fulfilment you feel. The two responses not selected are those that are seldom, or never, felt by you in relation to the corresponding Influencer. For example on the whole you may feel happy with your Job 'some of the time' as 1st Choice, 'most of the time' as 2nd Choice, and 'infrequently' as your 3rd Choice. This would indicate that overall you gain some fulfillment from your Role/Job, however it could be more fulfilling.
Why am I being asked to give a different response to the same Influencer?
This is to validate your 'qualitative' response with your 'quantitative' response when measured by the Anthill 20:20 Score template. (Similar to Ingredient 'x' in Coca Cola or Colonel Saunders 'secret herb recipe').
Is it essential that I provide 4 different responses or will fewer be okay?
So as to maximise on the real benefits of the Study, it really is essential that the 4 different responses are applied. Think of it as choosing food on a menu. For instance I like Pizza, Spaghetti Bolognese, Parmigiana and Ossobuco, however on more occasions than most I will choose the Bolognese, then the Parmigiana then Ossobuco, then Pizza.
I am not currently engaged in the Workplace. Should I submit a survey?
Most definitely, even if it means reflecting on a previous workplace environment. Hence the need to validate the Study with a high volume of raw data.
I now run my own small business, as such I am the Organisation's Leadership. Should I submit a survey?
As with the question above your inclusion in the Study is highly valued. Feel free to answer based on your current situation, or based on a previous experience in the worklplace. Once again the volume of raw data will compensate for any outliers.
The comparisons below are based on the surveys submitted from workplaces in either a global location, an industry sector or a single organisation (non-finance). The Healthy /Unhealthy index is simply the addition of the Fit and Healthy results with the corresponding addition of the Unhealthy and Unfit results. The Global Study, being the responses from every Study participant forms the basis for the current workplace mental health and wellbeing position, identified as AVERAGE.
Workplace Mental Health Well Being: ‘AVERAGE HLTH’
Workplace Mental Health Well Being: ‘BELOW AVE HLTH’
Workplace Mental Health Well Being: ‘ABOVE AVE HLTH’
Workplace Mental Health Well Being: ‘ABOVE AVE HLTH’
Workplace Mental Health Well Being: ‘IN GOOD HLTH’
Based on the Global Study current workplace mental health wellbeing rating of AVERAGE, as scored with a Healthy Index of 61% matched with an Unhealthy Index of 39%, both the UK and Finance Groups are currently rating ABOVE AVERAGE, with the non-finance Organisation rating IN GOOD HEALTH. The Australian Group is currently rated at BELOW AVERAGE, mainly as a result of the number of responses that scored unfavorably in terms of Workplace Fulfilment Influencers, with 17% of responses scoring their workplace as UNFIT. The Finance Group, although rating as ABOVE AVERAGE overall, currently has 19% of responses scoring their workplace as UNFIT.
The Study has been live for less than a month and already we are in a position to see a strong global trend developing. It is not exactly a picture of perfect 'mental health wellbeing in the workplace', however it is nowhere near as alarming as we thought it would be, and we're realistic optimists!! We have also completed the first step in our inaugural 'Organisation Study'. So, without identifying the Company involved, we can reveal that across Job functions and Departments, the Company itself compares favourably with the 'Global Study' findings as a whole. The CEO is without doubt pleased, however in no way complacent moving forward, vowing to see an overall improvement in the Organisation's 'Healthy/Unhealthy' ratio, when re-submitting surveys in 6 months time. Our latest analysis also incorporates surveys completed from within thre Finance sector.
Following is a summary to date of ‘Top Level’ Workplace Health Fulfilment Influencer comparisons when segregating surveys from a single, Non-Finance oriented, Organisation, the Global Study Group and the Finance Sector. The % represent the percent of participants from each group that selected that Fulfilment Influencer.
20:20 Score Comparisons
Primary Fulfilment Influencer - Leadership 45%
Secondary Fulfilment Influencer - Culture 60%
Tertiary Fulfilment Influencer - Culture 45%
Quaternary Fulfilment Influencer - Role 60%
(Note: Colleagues do not Rank on this occasion)
GLOBAL STUDY GROUP:
(Note: Colleagues do not Rank on this occasion)
'First- Up' Comparisons
GLOBAL STUDY GROUP
As you can see the overall trend is for Role to be the Primary Influencer with Leadership the least or Quaternary Influencer. A mix of Workplace Culture and Colleagues dominates the Secondary and Tertiary Influencers.
In terms of current ‘Workplace Mental Health Well Being’, the Organisation is the Healthiest with a coefficient of 27, then the Study Group at 28 with the Finance Sector bringing up the rear with 29. As a reminder the following is the template as to where the coefficients sit:
Up to 22: FIT
23 -29: HEALTHY
30 to 36: UNHEALTHY
37 to 44: UNFIT
As such none of the Groups can be considered as ‘really’ Healthy, indicative that work needs to be done, with the Fulfilment Influencers of Workplace Culture and Colleagues being key, at the same time ensuring the jobs/roles are sufficiently satisfying and challenging.
It should also be noted that in terms of Unfit coefficients in the 37-44 zone, the Organisation does not have anyone in that zone, the Study Group has 12% of respondents in that zone, however the Finance sector has 19% of respondents in that zone!
Still a long way to go, hence the need for more and more survey submissions.
We still have a long way to go in terms of validation, so please do keep encouraging family, friends, colleagues and workplaces to complete and submit those surveys. We are also more than happy to provide individuals with their own 'Workplace Fulfilment Influencer profiles' as well as their own specific 'Workplace Mental Health Well Being scores', all we require is their email address to send profiles to.
In terms of our Study survey submissions we have received responses from 14 industry sectors; 4 global locations; with an average age 44; the gender mix being 45% female; 55% male. Please submit your survey today at:
We are still in our infancy, however as time progresses we will be in a position to share insights into our Primary global workplace fulfilment influencer be that our Colleagues, our Workplace Culture, our Organisation's Leadership or our Role. WATCH THIS SPACE!
This is our 1st month since going 'LIVE', so we still have much to do. The priority is to validate the Study. 'WE NEED YOU!' Please take the survey today!