The COVID-19 pandemic has changed work arrangements for employees around the world. A recent Llloyd’s Register survey examines how these new arrangements have affected worker mental health and well-being.
More than 5,500 employees across 11 countries who have worked from home during the pandemic responded to the survey. The survey found that 69% of respondents reported higher levels of work-related stress while working from home. This was attributed to increased workloads and changes to working patterns to meet demands.
In addition, 48% say they fear that disclosing a mental health condition would negatively impact their career progression. Another 25% felt that their employers had provided no additional support for their mental health and well-being during the pandemic, while 17% felt more isolated from their colleagues. And, 58% said they felt pressured to return to the office despite not feeling ready to do so.
“The results concern business around the world and show that more needs to be done to tackle this stigma in working environments,” says James Pomeroy, director of quality, health, environment and safety at Lloyd’s Register. “Creating a safe and inclusive environment will help alleviate concerns that poor mental health with impact job progression.”
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