Nearly four out of ten professionals have said their mental health and wellbeing has been impacted negatively during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent global survey by recruiting experts Hays.
Hays surveyed over 1,800 professionals ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October to learn more about their experiences relating to mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic and whether they had received any support from their employer.
Commenting on the results, Sandra Henke, Group Head of People & Culture at Hays, said “It is concerning that 37% of professionals feel their mental health and wellbeing has been impacted negatively during this time. Just as concerning is that 42% of those affected have said they haven’t received any support from the employer. The health and safety of all workers needs to be at the forefront for all employers and there is a duty of care to ensure their workforce receives the necessary support. This is even more important when large parts of the workforce have been working remotely and may not have been in such close contact with colleagues or managers”.
In Malaysia, the National Health and Morbidity Survey (2019) noted that the national prevalence of depression among Malaysian adults is at 2.3 per cent, which accounts for roughly half a million individuals. Incidences of depression have also been exacerbated by the pandemic, with the government psychosocial hotline receiving close to 12,000 calls and counting since the outbreak. On World Mental Health Day this year, Malaysia’s health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah called for more education to help identify and destigmatise mental health issues in the country.
Addressing the rise in mental health issues from the pandemic, Sandra commented, “Across the globe many people have had to deal with very different challenges during the pandemic, ranging from trying to juggle commitments outside of their work, to feeling isolated to even dealing with the death of a loved one. Each person’s experience of the crisis has been unique to them and when the visibility of workers isn’t as great as it once was, it can be difficult for employers to identify who needs help. However, there are steps that organisations can take to ensure they are doing their upmost to protect the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. This is more than just being a duty of care issue, this is about ensuring businesses truly support people during what has been a difficult time for everyone”.
She goes on to share five ways organisations can ensure their employees’ wellbeing remains at the centre of its people strategy.
As the pandemic continues there is the potential for professionals’ mental health and wellbeing to be further impacted negatively, meaning organisations must ensure they are doing their upmost to support their staff during these difficult times.
Respondents were asked a qualifying question of whether they are currently working, and responses were collected between 31 July and 22 September on www.social.hays.com.