In these unusual times, isolation and uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress – and this can be even harder on those who are already struggling with their mental health.
Knowing how important it is, we recently carried out a survey of over 16,200 UK professionals. Our findings showed that since lockdown was enforced wellbeing has fallen. Close to two thirds (61%) rated their wellbeing as positive before these restrictions were put in place – but only 35% said it was still positive since lockdown.
There is a myriad of reasons for this drop. Most commonly, it is attributed to the lack of social interaction (26%), isolation and loneliness (13%) and boredom (11%). Juggling childcare with work is a factor for 10% of respondents, as is an increase in workload. Many also say that their work-support network has changed, and they are now more distant with colleagues and leadership.
We all need to consider how maintaining good mental health and wellbeing can be achieved and how – wherever you are working from – you are creating and contributing to a mentally healthy workplace. With that in mind, here are some things we can do to help ourselves and our teams cope with the challenging times we now find ourselves in.
Whether managing a team or looking for ways to improve your own mental health and wellbeing, we should all be mindful that there will be further changes ahead, and colleagues who will need our support. If we keep our focus on doing the right thing and are open and honest about what we’re doing, we’ll be better placed to support our own mental health and that of others.
Request a copy of our new Wellbeing Matters report here.
Simon joined Hays in 2006, having commenced his recruitment career in 1993. Initially responsible for our businesses in Western Australia and Northern Territory, Simon relocated to the UK in 2014 where he was responsible for our operations in the West & Wales and Ireland, before being appointed Managing Director of the UK & Ireland business in 2018.
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