Studies show the pandemic has impacted employee mental health in many different ways. Many reasons have been attributed to the declining employee mental health, and the most common ones include –
- Heavy workload
- Loneliness and depression
- Financial instability
- Disturbed work-life balance
- Multiple responsibilities
- Anxiety and stress
While it may not be really easy to detect mental health issues since they do not come with visible determinants, they are life-altering. And so, many companies have started offering well-designed comprehensive employee wellness programs.
Studies show that almost 25.8% of females suffered from some kind of mental health issue since the pandemic began. Also, 9.2% of male youth reported having a major depressive episode since the pandemic started.
Mental Wellness Study Outcomes
Zogby surveyed around 1,000 respondents over three years to understand the most prevalent health and wellness issues in the US. The outcomes were in comparison with the 2019 data. COVID-19, at 33%, was the top health issue that was considered necessary in the USA in 2022.
Rising healthcare costs were important in 2019 for 30% of the respondents, compared to 13% in 2022.
Mental health was ranked 3rd, with 11% of the respondents considering it as important in 2022, compared to 8% in 2019.
According to a Mental Health Index report, almost 23% of US adults reported higher mental stress in January 2021 compared to the previous months during the pandemic. Only 9% said they had relatively lesser stress during the pandemic.
Another report published by the CDC and NCHS showed that almost 29% of US adults experienced anxiety symptoms in the survey period of around 2 weeks in June – July 2022. 33% were female respondents and 25% were males.
Similarly, 23% of US adults reported depressive disorder symptoms during the same period. The highest anxiety disorder rates at 37% were reported in November 2020. Of the respondents reporting depression, 25% were females and 21% were males.
Federal Investments in Mental Health Research
A January 2022 survey with 1000 American respondents was conducted to understand their opinions about the federal investment in mental health research. A majority of the respondents (58%) felt it was not enough, whereas only 19% felt it was adequate, 13% thought it was just right, and 10% were clueless about it.
Mental health issues have become a common concern in the United States. While they impact eating and sleeping habits too, they tend to have long-term life-altering effects on overall employee wellness. And so, employers have started including employee wellness programs that focus on mental health and other holistic wellbeing dimensions to ensure engagement, productivity, and overall business growth.