It’s been a little over a year since workers transitioned en masse to making a living remotely and a staggering 40% of American adults are now grappling with at least one adverse mental health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Research has directly linked the pandemic to:
- Worsening symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Difficulty sleeping and eating
- Increases in alcohol consumption and substance use
“I’m seeing exhaustion with a capital E,” said Vanessa Ruda, Ph.D., an organizational psychologist and senior partner with RHR International. Ruda recently co-facilitated a TRANSEARCH USA HR Roundtable where workforce mental health was discussed at length. “Being on screen all day in back-to-back meetings without a break takes away the natural ebbs and flows of life and that is fatiguing.”