Focus on Employee Wellbeing
Factors affecting both physical and mental health have surfaced at higher rates than previously seen in workforces. Increased reports and incidents of physical trauma from muscular-skeletal injuries have occurred from interacting with inadequate work stations and display-screen equipment, housed in hastily-made home offices. Similarly, reports have suggested that cases of mental fatigue and stress are rising, especially where lone workers are missing their colleagues, their routine, and not managed as effectively as when they were in their physical workplace.
Undoubtedly for many, the chance to work from home was a relief, and an opportunity to take a break from their daily commute. However, over time we are hearing people mention the lethargy they are experiencing from the mandatory restrictions, and the lack of work/home boundaries. That environment coupled with the fear of contracting the virus, or losing their jobs, has plummeted many employees into spirals of anxiety and depression. In fact many of the long-term effects of this period on the mental health of employees are not yet known.
In 2020, physical surroundings, fears concerning health, fears concerning employment, blurred boundaries between home and work, along with many other concerns and pressures, are having what can only be described as significant health impacts on employees. Focusing on employee wellbeing will be a top priority for businesses in 2021.
Article by Fiona Donnelly, COO at Mackin Group. For more insights on how to effectively manage your talent in 2021, contact Fiona at: firstname.lastname@example.org