The last couple of years have been difficult for lots of people who worked through the pandemic, having to cope with changes in working from home regulations, different rules within the workplace environment, and additional pressures to help businesses overcome subsequent challenges.
Therefore, it is not surprising to hear there were as many as 822,000 workers who admitted being affected by work-related stress, anxiety or depression in 2020/21, which means there were 2,530 cases per 100,000 employees.
Compared with 2018/19 statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of 1,780 per 100,000 workers, it is easy to see there has been a significant increase from pre-pandemic levels.
In fact, stress, anxiety and depression accounted for half of all ill health in the workplace last year.
The primary causes of this before Covid-19 were heavy workloads, tight deadlines, too much work and too much pressure. However, the onset of coronavirus altered this, with 449,000 members of staff claiming their stress was “caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic”.
Workers do not have to ‘burnout’ to need help either, as taking a proactive approach to addressing feelings of stress, anxiety and depression before things get too difficult should be encouraged.
An article in People Management advised employers to check in on their staff regularly to ensure they remain positive, involved, and valued.
“Now more than ever, employers have an opportunity to ensure they are meeting the needs of remote working employees and start to take a preventative approach to stress and burnout,” it stated.
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