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Half of UK workers say their mental health has declined since working from home

Almost half (49%) of UK workers say their mental health has declined, rather than improved, whilst working from home, according to research from Qualtrics.


One of the major influencing factors has been companies’ actions, with 18% saying these have had a negative impact on their mental health. A quarter (25%) said that none of the actions their companies and colleagues had improved their mental health. To improve their mental health, employees are looking for clear expectations from management (16%), access to the right resources, equipment and support services (13%) and communication from company leadership (12%).


Sally Winston, head of EX solutions strategy EMEA at Qualtrics, said, “With millions of employees now working from home en masse, many will be feeling isolated, anxious and worried about this new and stressful situation. With mental health high on the agenda for many businesses, it has never been more important to take stock of how your staff is coping with this sudden change of environment.


“The first thing any organisation needs to do is check its people are okay, and that they feel safe and supported. Afterwards, you can work out what your employees need to do their jobs, and take action to ensure all of your employees feel productive.


“There are numerous ways to ensure that the shift from working collaboratively in a group setting to working solo is managed in a stress-free and smooth process. Key to this is taking the time to listen to and act upon your employee’s feedback in this particularly stressful time. This not only ensures you’re getting the best out of your team, but also means your team is getting the best from you.”  


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