75% of Employees Have Struggled With Anxiety At Work in 2020
According to a recent survey by TELUS International, our workers are struggling to get through the pandemic — and employers might end up paying for that plight in the long run.
Using data from 1,000 U.S. respondents who had been working from home for their employers since March, TELUS found that 75% of U.S. employees report struggling at work due to anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other recent world events.
While that statistic may not come as a huge surprise — it has, after all, been a rough year for all of us — the survey’s subsequent findings might spell trouble for employers who aren’t adapting their benefits to meet employee needs.
What Does This Mean For Employers?
Of course, any good employer should be concerned about employees experiencing anxiety at work, not only because an anxious work environment is an unhealthy work environment, but also because sustained anxiety may cause employees to look for jobs elsewhere.
In fact, in the TELUS survey, nearly 80% of respondents said they would consider quitting their current position for a job that focused more on employee mental health. Employees cited such issues as finding it hard to shut off from work in the evenings, with over 50% of the respondents saying they haven’t been able to take a mental health day since they started working from home. 50% of employees also report their sleep patterns being negatively impacted — without a good night’s rest, it’s extra hard for employees to feel competent, comfortable, and productive.
All of which is to say: if you aren’t taking steps to help quell employee anxiety while working from home, the time to start is now.
What Can Employers Do?
There are plenty of great ways to help your employees with their mental health, whether you’re in the office or working from home.
According to TELUS CCO Marilyn Tyfting, her company takes an ‘out of sight, top of mind’ approach to employee wellness during the pandemic. In other words, it’s hard to know what’s going on with your employees day-to-day while working from home — so make sure the stuff you don’t see isn’t slipping through the cracks.
If you’re not sure where to start, you could always consider:
Surveying employees, to see what benefits they feel they’re missing
Revising/supplementing your mental health benefits
Encouraging employees to take time off for mental health
Encouraging managers to be more available and more flexible with their staff
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