Prior the the pandemic, nearly 60% of workers acknowledged stress levels so high that they ended up weeping at work, a 23% increase from just last year, according to a survey by mental health provider Ginger. And 43% said that workplace stress had made them physically ill.
With COVID-19 being our new reality, 88% of workers in the last half of April and during May said they experienced moderate to severe stress. Almost 70% of workers said the stress during that period was the worst of their whole career, and that includes the September 11 terrorist attacks and the 2008 Great Recession.
“When the spread of infections begins to abate, HR leaders should continue to champion flexible work policies and invest in ongoing mental health resources for their employees, as the emotional impact of COVID-19 will likely reverberate for years to come,” Employee Benefit News reports. “Planning ahead for the post-pandemic reality will help ensure business continuity, while keeping employees grounded and resilient in an ever-changing world.”