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The HR Director - QUARTER OF WORKERS DISCLOSE THEIR MENTAL HEALTH HAS DETERIORATED DURING PANDEMIC

One in five (20%) employees say they are struggling to cope with Covid-19 restrictions and a quarter (26%) disclosed that their mental health has deteriorated due to the pandemic, according to new research* amongst 1,216 employees on behalf of Group Risk Development. 

The research, undertaken during January 2021, showed that 76% of employees, to the best of their knowledge, had not had Covid-19, but 13% said they had contracted the virus and 11% were ‘not sure’. Of those who have had the virus, nearly half (46%), said they were struggling to recover. This only stands to highlight the importance of ensuring swift access to health and wellbeing benefits to minimise the impact on the individual. 

In fact, the mental repercussions of both the restrictions and the virus itself not only impact the individual but can also have consequences for others, from their partner, to their children and other dependants; and within a business context, immediate colleagues, their wider team and the business as a whole. 

Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD said“At present, the focus of the pandemic is very much on counting individuals: those who have tested positive, those who are in hospital, those who have died and those who have received the vaccine. However, there is great potential for a ripple effect to occur where impact is felt much wider.” 

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