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Employee wellbeing and mental health driving down employee productivity and engagement

Posted by: People Element

As we approach almost a year since the start of the pandemic, a lot of things have happened to help address its impact at work. However, it appears that employee wellbeing and mental health are still contributing towards low levels of productivity and engagement.

Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition recently pointed out a 48% increase in risk of depression just before the end of 2020, and a 62% drop in employee focus, both hitting record levels since the start of the pandemic.

People Element has seen similar feedback across industries, with 42% reporting “being without the resources and support to manage their stress”, and 32% claiming to “not have someone to reach out to for help with mental or physical concerns”.

By continuing to check-in with employees either one-on-one or through a more formalized continuously listening and response strategy, managers can stay informed on how employee wellbeing is trending, and know whether or not the processes in place are helping make an improvement.

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