These should be good times for American workers. The U.S. is nearly ten years into one of the longest economic expansions in history. Unemployment is the lowest it's been in almost half a century. Wages are beginning to rise, and employees have more job choices than they've had in years.
But the mood of employees is far from happy. In fact, the mental well-being of employees hit a five-year low in 2018. That's what we found when we did a retrospective analysis of data from our digital mental health and well-being platform, Happify, examining almost half a million first-time users of the platform between December 2014 and January 2018 who identified themselves as being employed. All changes in prevalence of depressive symptoms were calculated as relative percentage changes.