A year into the pandemic, workplace mental health must remain a top priority

Fresh research provides candid insights on how employees are still struggling to adjust—and how employers can meaningfully support workers in our post-COVID world.

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Pursuing mental health priorities in 2021

Oceans of ink have been spilled about the pandemic’s devastating effect on workers’ mental health.

For good reason. The last year has been profoundly traumatic in multitudes of ways, and many are still struggling to find some sense of normalcy. Even those who’ve avoided personal tragedy have been forced into an impossible juggling act between work, caregiving and personal responsibilities. It’s been a year marked by fear, stress and extreme isolation.

“What we know is the pandemic has uprooted the daily routines and responsibilities of so many employees in our country, and it’s causing anxiety and depression,” said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of Mental Health America. “The American workplace was unprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect it would have on workers.”

Gionfriddo says this issue of companies being utterly unprepared to address mental health challenges amid widespread upheaval is one of the key takeaways from Mental Health America’s 2021 Mind the Workplacereport, which also found:

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