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Just 35% of people say their wellbeing is positive in lockdown

Only 35% of professionals say their wellbeing has remained positive since lockdown, according to Hays. This is down from 61% before lockdown began, according to the survey of 16,200 professionals. The percentage of people who rated their wellbeing as negative has risen from 7% to 23%.


It appears staff aren’t getting the support they need from their employers. Despite 77% saying it’s their employer’s responsibility to look after their wellbeing, 49% say they haven’t supported this at all during lockdown. When employers are providing employee support, staff reported they’re offering social activities (20%), counselling (17%) and training (15%).


Simon Winfield, managing director of Hays UK & Ireland, commented, “The wellbeing of staff needs to be a top priority for all organisations as the impact of the virus is felt on our personal and professional lives. Everybody will be having different experiences, so it’s important to maintain frequent updates and be as transparent as possible as our way of working continues to change.


Some of the steps managers can take include regular video updates with their teams, being flexible with schedules and expectations, and offering wellbeing training. We can’t replicate the old ways of office life, but we can make sure that better support systems are in place to help your teams through the changes and challenges.”


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