Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an improved focus on mental health in the workplace, with approximately 84% of businesses increasing their focus on looking after employees’ mental health and 83% of businesses providing more tailored support to address individuals’ needs and concerns.
With the rise of hybrid and home working since the pandemic started, there has been more emphasis placed on ensuring employees don’t feel isolated.
Home working has been shown to be a cause of loneliness. According to Microsoft’s New Future of Work Report, there has been mixed results regarding the effects on mental health. Some remote workers have reported higher degrees of positive emotions and lower degrees of negative emotions. However other research has shown that working from home can cause an increase in other negative emotions such as guilt and irritability which often causes employees to end up overcompensating at work and causing emotional exhaustion.
Providing employees with organisational support allows them to feel less isolated, which has also been shown to improve job satisfaction levels.
According to BBC News, 81% of under-35s feared loneliness from long-term home working, however, it’s important to remember that individuals feel and react differently to different circumstances.
To minimise that issue, employees should be provided with appropriate support. An organisation’s approach to mental well-being should look at people as individuals with varying needs and may require tailored support, as opposed to expecting everyone to be affected in the same way.
For others, hybrid working has improved their mental health by reducing stress levels, proving a healthier routine, improving time management and eradicating commuting time – which is proving people with more spare time to spend on hobbies outside of the workplace.