The American Psychological Association reports that nearly 80% of adults say the Coronavirus pandemic was a significant source of stress in their life. The U.S. Census Bureau says the percentage of surveyed employees experiencing anxiety or depression rose from 11% in 2019 to more than 40% this Spring. There is no doubt that even as restrictions ease and more people return to their offices, employers will need to place a very high priority on mental health and wellness.
As we know, there are no one size fits all solutions to employee well-being and every organization is different. The following qualities, however, are even more important to employees when stress is running at a high level.
Connection – When remote workers are separated from co-workers and managers, personal concerns can weigh more heavily. Finding time for people to connect, even virtually, is important.
Communication – Keeping workers informed about what’s to expect in the near future is comforting. Knowing your job is safe in difficult times can relieve a great deal of pressure.
Encouragement – Recognition is more meaningful than employers often realize. Everyone wants to know the work they are doing is important and their efforts are appreciated.