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.”
John is Global Practice Leader for Power, Renewable Energy and Cleantech and US Regional Vice President for TRANSEARCH International. With a career that began in 1989, John has worked with over 250 public and private companies. He has led numerous C-suite, Vice President and director level searches across North America for public and privately held companies. He has also worked closely with private equity firms, supporting them with critical portfolio company needs. He has also provided executive coaching and leadership assessment services. John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. He speaks Japanese and conversational German. Although he grew up in Boston, he and his family call Chicago home. For fun he restores and races classic and performance cars.