The COVID-19 pandemic has caused intense stress for workers around the world and according to a recent study, worker well-being is continuing to decline.
The stress of unemployment is obvious; however, those who are still employed report that their mental health, social lives, and finances have worsened since the coronavirus outbreak.
The survey, conducted by OptumHealth, revealed that over half of the employees polled said their well-being has worsened, and 54 percent said their social lives have declined. Unfortunately, 12 percent of workers said their mental health is "much worse" during the pandemic and 16 percent said the same about their social well-being. Additionally, nearly 30 percent of employees said their physical health was declining as well.
Most people who have remained employed during the pandemic have not experienced a change in their financial well-being. However, 26 percent of employees said their finances have worsened, with 15 percent stating their financial status has become much worse. There are fears of becoming unemployed to deal with, too.
In order to help employees cope with their mental well-being decline some employers are providing mental health support for employees. Fifty-five percent of employees stated their employer provides "round-the-clock mental health support." However, only 47 percent said such support includes telemedicine services providing clinical help.
Some employers are offering expanded sick leave, childcare support, or teleworking tips in order to help employees adjust to new work conditions during the pandemic. Max Sullivan "Worker well-being on the decline amid pandemic, OptumHealth survey finds" healthcarefinancenews.com (Apr. 21, 2020).
So, the question for our readers is: Has the well-being of your employees declined during the pandemic?
Please take the poll. Here is the opinion of one of the McCalmon editorial staff:
Jack McCalmon, Esq.
It amazes me that only 12 percent state that their mental health has worsened. For a health and economic crisis of this magnitude, where the number of deaths may top 100,000 and the unemployment figure is estimated to be greater than that of the Great Depression, I find that 88 percent of respondents have maintained their mental health is remarkable and encouraging.
Loss of life, loss of a marriage, and loss of a job are the three most traumatic things a person can experience. Sadly, in this crisis, thousands have experienced one or more of these experiences, but still find hope in the future.
The other good news is that this survey was taken before the lifting of some shelter-in-place mandates. As a sense of normalcy slowly reenters into people's lives, the mental health numbers will improve.
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