The wrath of the global outbreak of COVID-19 has left almost everyone in uncertainty and all kinds of troubles. When the lockdown restrictions were imposed, it sure did raise several concerns, but the workforce arena heaved a sigh of relief when they were asked to work from home. Everybody felt that this would be the perfect opportunity for them to reconnect with their families as well as continue their professional careers. People rejoiced that they would now be able to save time on the commute and get more of it to spend with the people they live with while taking better care of themselves by being at home. That didn’t last for too long! COVID-19 soon began to affect employee wellness and areas surrounding the mental health of the workforce. While the employees were trying to focus on learning management with regards to performance, success, and career paths, in hindsight they were burdening their mental health. Employee wellness has raised several concerns due to the increase in stress levels of employees.
According to Ginger, almost 70% of the employees feel that this whole phase due to COVID-19 has been the most stressful time of their entire career. 91% of the employees stated that they have been experiencing moderate to extreme stress and 43% of workers are experiencing physical illness resultant of the stress caused by work. These numbers are alarming and indicate that employee wellness needs to be better taken care of. Employees are experiencing anxiety and depression due to solitude and overwork. Another article by ajmc stated that reports have shown a sudden spike of 21% in the use of anti-insomnia, anti-anxiety, and antidepressants within the span of a month. There was also around a 38% surge in new prescriptions for the medication of antianxiety. This indicates that employees displayed the need to seek therapeutic intervention and had to be prescribed medications to take care of their wellbeing.
Stress and anxiety due to uncertainty are becoming prominent and companies are realizing the criticality of the same. To support employee wellness and ensure they don’t feel the burnout, tech giant Google recently gave employees a freebie in the form of a holiday amidst the pandemic to back its workforce in relaxing a bit by utilizing the long weekend. Some employers have also started to acknowledge the need for health benefits for employees inclusive of mental health and wellness.
Employee wellness is also to make the workforce aware of the ways to combat their mental issues and know that it is okay to seek professional help. Most of us are not even close to being equipped with the resources to deal with anxiety, depression, and other such issues. It is time that we realize that employee wellness has to be at