A Metlife annual benefits report conducted a few months into the pandemic revealed that:
44% of employees now have serious concerns about their physical, mental, and social health 80% of employees believe their employers have a responsibility to address their health and wellbeing, especially during COVID-19 – up from 73% pre-pandemic
Another study from the beginning of 2021 charted a 50% rise in depression and a 60% drop in focus among all ages in the workplace.
More recently, a new survey of 2,800 workers from global staffing firm Robert Half showed more than four in 10 employees (44%) say they are more burned out on the job today compared to a year ago. This is up from 34% in a similar 2020 poll.
And overall, nearly half of American workers have been suffering from mental health issues since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
When you don’t support employee mental health
Based on these numbers alone, it’s clear why employee mental health is top of mind for companies as they try to acclimate to a totally new work world that, for most companies, will include some remote work. What happens, then, when companies don’t pay attention to employee mental