Across the globe, we are experiencing unprecedented restrictions on both our personal and social lives due to coronavirus.

As a result, everyone’s eyes are currently on the virus’s immediate impact and how we can all adapt to the situation. But what will the lasting effects on the virus be? Below we look at the potential impacts and how it will influence the world we work in.

Isolation

As humans, we crave interaction and personal relationships. Advances in technology have allowed a huge amount of businesses to continue day to day business at this difficult time. But with millions of additional people thrown into this situation, how will we deal with it?

Not only does isolation take its toll on mental health, but it can also affect employees physically. Julianne Holt-Lunstad a Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Brigham University conducted a study and found that people who are more isolated and lonely show increased chronic inflammation.

Burnout

Nealry 9000 annual leave days were cancelled in the month of March according to the latest e-days data, indicating that employees are planning on cancelling annual leave and holidays.

Graph showing cancelled holidays due to coronavirus

Source: e-days system data

 

e-days already support individuals to spread their annual leave throughout the year as research shows a failure to do so will result in employee burnout which has a direct relationship to mental health. Encourage your employees to take a break can reduce the risk of employee burnout.

Fear

The unknown…this is arguably the scariest element of everything that’s happening right now.

People are asking questions amidst the uncertainty such as how long will this last? How will it impact us when it’s all over?

It’s hard to say but commentators are currently stating that up to one million people could face unemployment due to COVID-19 and that it may take a while for the country to recover.

We can’t know what will worry each individual, but’s it’s highly likely that we will all fear something; loss of jobs, financial pressures, ours or loved one’s health and the shape of the ‘new normal’ post beyond these challenging times.

Lifestyle

Individuals let off steam in different ways and whether that is a pint in your local, or daily gym sessions you won’t be doing any of that for the foreseeable. The government’s recent intervention to close these types of venues will hit people hard.

These restrictions will inevitably impact employee mental health but providing your employees with information about alternative ways to exercise and socialise will soften the blow.

How will an increase in employee mental health cases impact businesses?

Mental health problems have a significant impact on businesses by increasing absenteeism, increasing costs to deal with these issues and negatively impacting productivity and profits. To combat this, businesses can utilise early intervention strategies to address the issues as suggested by the Health & Safety Executive.

It’s important to discuss mental health in the workplace, but it’s impossible to do without the data to identify when it’s becoming an issue. Whether it’s the individual realising or the employer realising, it’s important to have the tools in place to spot the issues early.

e-days wellbeing toolkit

 

Supporting content to help deal with the impact of COVID-19

We’re keen to help every business that has been impacted by coronavirus and have listed some useful resources below for your use.

Employee engagement

https://www.e-days.com/news/employee-engagement-challenges

Employee wellbeing

https://www.e-days.com/news/what-is-employee-wellbeing

Working from home and remote working

https://www.e-days.com/news/working-from-home-policy

https://www.e-days.com/news/benefits-of-remote-working

Preventing employee burnout

https://www.e-days.com/news/the-employee-burnout-protection-plan-infographic

Flexible working

https://www.e-days.com/news/flexible-working

Reducing presenteeism

https://www.e-days.com/news/is-presenteeism-an-issue-in-your-company

Workplace productivity

https://www.e-days.com/foster-engage-productive-workforce-report

How e-days is helping businesses work smarter, happier and healthier through COVID-19

https://www.e-days.com/news/track-coronavirus-and-self-isolation-absences