The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. In the last one year or so, people across the world are grappling with not just the fear of infection, but also the loss of their loved ones, financial stress, isolation and fatigue from constant uncertainty. Even though vaccines started to roll out, we are away from writing COVID-19 off just yet. Worse, we are only now beginning to see the long-lasting effects of the pandemic, specifically its dramatic impact on the mental health crisis.
Research from Harvey Nash has revealed that 75% more tech workers are presently concerned about the state of their mental health compared to before the pandemic. Measures from various companies and availability of helpline and other support to keep mental stress at bay are indeed encouraging. But there’s a long way to go to return to normalcy.
As May, the Mental Health Awareness month draws to a close, this is an opportune moment to take stock, and consider what lies ahead, at CXOToday we present before you 10 select articles, blogs, interviews and research reports we’ve published on this topic.
As companies plan to re-emerge in 2021 and beyond, one of the key concerns for CXOs is to ensure adequate safety and wellness of its employees. Leaders in the tech industry believe, it is their responsibility to make workplaces safer, maintain every possible safety protocols, streamline work through digital tools and automation and most importantly address the mental health issues of their workforce. Read more
While the physical impact of COVID-19 can be assessed and treated, the mental impact is often ignored. As mental illness crisis has worsened during the past 7-8 months, some organizations are turning towards robotics and related technologies that can offer hope to their employees to improve their mental health. Read more
From increased isolation due to working from home to blurring work-life boundaries, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in increased stress levels for employees. On World Mental Health Day 2020, CXOToday puts the spotlight on some technology companies that are putting mental health at the top of their business agenda. Read more
As parts of the world open up and hybrid work becomes a reality, a new research claims that companies must invest in establishing flexible work policies and programs, and sort a sizable disconnect in trust between decision makers and employees to address this challenge. Read more
Mental Health Ramifications of Working from Home
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought in its wake, a spike in stress-levels caused by the uncertain future and anxiety. The disruption of the normal routines and the diminishing delineation of a workplace from the safety of home and self-isolation have all caused untold impact on the overall mental health of people. Read more
Mental health was a vital topic of discussion, even before the pandemic. Employee mental health has been a point of concern for business leaders for some time now. A 2019 report released by WHO in fact estimated that 264 million people suffer from depression globally and that depression and anxiety lead to a loss of productivity that costs the global economy US$1 trillion each year. The virus has only amplified the matter. Read more
Today, tele-psychiatry is removing the stigma that used to be associated with mental health treatment, which is an excellent thing for patients as well as healthcare providers. However, it is up to the hospitals and other healthcare establishments to promote tele-psychiatry as a tool to create outreach for those remaining cocooned in the belief that talking about mental health is taboo and could only mean that one isn’t fit to perform the tasks at hand, be that at the workplace or at home. Read more
Women have been subject to more stress and anxiety during the prolonged lockdown period due to additional responsibilities coupled with different working styles that disrupted their work-life balance. These obstacles in fact have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. Women CXOs should prioritize their mental health and try to carve out time for self-care. Read more
A new report on CISOs examines the impact of continued stress on the mental health and personal lives of CISOs, and drills down into the causes of stress including poor work life balance and a lack of support from the board. Read more