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.
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.
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