Almost a year into th­e pandemic, with lockdowns and furlough now part of everyday life, it’s easy to assume that we understand it – that we’ve got the measure of Covid, and it’s now just a case of enduring until the vaccine rollout is complete.

But if there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s that things are rarely so straightforward; our recovery – economic, social, physical and mental – will be far from linear. We are yet to see the full impact of this pandemic.

We asked 1,600 employees and HR leaders across England about their workplace health and wellbeing. With this research, we set out to quantify the impact that a year of risk, worry and change has had on our wellbeing and how that in turn affects the workplace.

As the effects of lockdown continue to impact the workforce,
what more can businesses do to help their people cope?

Key findings include:

  • Mental health days off rose by 10% in 2020, costing businesses a total of £14bn
  • The North of England had 76% more mental health days off than the South
  • Presenteeism is masking poor mental health in the workforce
  • Over 1/3 of employees say their mental health affects their productivity on a weekly basis
  • Employees report significantly lower levels of morale, wellbeing and productivity compared to HR leaders
  • 81% of HR leaders say the pandemic has increased their wellbeing focus
  • A third of employees (33%) reported that mental wellbeing at their organisation is ‘not good’ or ‘not good at all’
  • A quarter of employees (25%) are looking for extra wellbeing support from their employer in the coming months

Webinar – 5 tips to support your employees’ mental health and spot the signs of presenteeism

Watch our recent webinar hosted by Cathy Lawson, a Workplace Wellbeing Consultant, Trainer and Coach, and Richard Holmes, our Director of Wellbeing. They discuss how to spot the signs of presenteeism, advice on how to build a supportive culture and give you 5 key tips to help you support your employees’ mental health. You can download the supporting factsheet here.

What you’ll learn:

  • A look into the current state of workplace wellbeing
  • What presenteeism is, and how you can spot the signs
  • How you can build a supportive culture
  • 5 tips to support your employees’ mental health and recognising the signs when someone may be struggling

Resources for HR professionals

COVID-19 resource centre

Building the business case for employee wellbeing

Wellbeing webinars