This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. With over 12 months into the pandemic, stress disorders have substantially increased and several sources of mental health problems of employees have been found and extensively addressed: fear of the virus and health problems, restrictions of lockdown, remote working challenges and discussions of returning to work under new work models.
Whilst the current events have affected the mental health of employees of all ages, a recent survey by Aetna, a CVS Health company, has identified a strong impact on the future ability to work of Gen Z: 43% of young adults between the ages 18 and 34 are increasingly concerned about their own mental health, with 68% reporting also a growth in financial stress.
Given these facts, employers need to rethink their organizations’ culture of health and to prepare for increased mental health challenges among their entire workforce. The importance of health and holistic wellbeing programs that encourage employees to lead healthier lives may gain ongoing importance as we slowly return to a different work life after the pandemic.
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