Employees may have suffered mental health in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have been highly resilient, according to a national survey of workers conducted by Travelers Cos. Inc.
In Harford, Connecticut – based insurers' survey on mental health, more than 2,000 workers in ten industries surveyed their mental health over the past year. Most of the workers said that the pandemic had a negative impact on their mental health, with almost 60% reporting their fear of losing their loved ones, half of loneliness and 37% saying that their personal stress levels had deteriorated.
But most also said that their mental state improved, and 73% reported that their mental health was good or excellent, up from 67% early in the pandemic.
The survey showed that positivity and coping mechanisms contributed to improved prospects and that 84% of employed adults named a "silver lining" that emerged from the pandemic, including:
- Have a job (41
- Saves money (34%).
- Working remotely (29%).
- Opportunity to multitask between personal and professional responsibility (24%).
- Picking up a new hobby (20%).
- Does not commute (19%).
- Joining practically others (15%
The majority of respondents reported exercising and spending time with family were the best ways they managed to deal with stress and loneliness in the past year, followed by social media, spending time with pets and reach out to friends or colleagues.
The survey also found a correlation between the employer's provided mental resources and workers' mental health, with 30% of workers reporting that their employer provided good mental health, and a third stating that their loyalty 42% said their employers did not provide enough mental health and that their ability to cope with stress decreased, and 29% said that their loyalty to their employer had decreased.
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