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Survey Examines Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health

Mar 04, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed work arrangements for employees around theYoung woman working from home 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.” 

Related Links

COVID-19: A Look Ahead for 2021 - Webinar 
COVID-19: Risks and Mental Well-Being During COVID-19 – Webinar
COVID-19: Protecting Employee Mental Health During a Crisis - Webinar
Psychosocial Impacts of COVID-19 – Podcast

 

 

Drew Neckar

If any of the ASSP members reading this also have responsibility for Security and/or workplace violence prevention in your organizations you may want to consider the effects of returning to work on the potential for workplace violence within your company. We have in a significant increase in workplace violence in many of the essential businesses that remained open during the pandemic, primarily due to stress related to the pandemic combined with the growing political polarization of some parts of US society. 

As you employees return we anticipate a potential increase in inter-organizational workplace violence as workers who have been effected by the stress of the pandemic are further stressed by a new change in their routine. This may be exacerbated by the potential of effects caused by social media echo chambers that have been many people's primary avenues of social interaction for the past year. 

If you do not already have robust workplace violence prevention, insider threat, and threat assessment and management programs in place you should be working to improve these. Also remember, workplace violence is not limited to the catastrophic event such as an "active shooter." A lmost as damaging to a company's ability to function are the small acts of verbal workplace violence, threats, and bullying that can easily slip under the radar, but addressing these early on and then ensuring ongoing management of the issue can often prevent them from escalating into something much worse. 

Drew Neckar
https://www.securityadvisorscg.com

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