The COVID-19 global pandemic is changing the world as we know it. It’s also changing the conversations around mental health in the workplace.
Mental health issues do not discriminate, and no one is immune. Stress, anxiety, and uncertainty affect the lives of workers worldwide, regardless of where they live, the work they do, or the generation they were born in. But it doesn’t affect each of these workers the same way. As such, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to the growing mental health crisis. Organisations should seek to understand what workers are experiencing to help create employee assistance programs that best meet their needs.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health at work
The global workforce is still adapting to the new workplace. HR leaders see challenges in remote work, younger employees are seeking support, and no two countries are feeling the same impact. But one thing is universal: people need more support and they’re turning to their employers for help.
According to a recent AI at Work study, ran by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence, this pandemic has created the most stressful year in history, negatively impacting the metal health of 78% of the global workforce. And interestingly, 82% of people wants robots to support their mental health at work.