Coronavirus and the impact on employee mental health: panic attacks, anxiety and boredom
During the SARS outbreak of 2003, businesses committed quickly to prioritising employee health; travel and absentee policies were revisited and revised, and most large organisations implemented robust business continuity and crisis management planning to ensure they survived the outbreak.
Mental health, however, was rarely, if ever, addressed. Even now, there is little information on the toll pandemics take on employees, and the Coronavirus outbreak is happening at a time when employers are becoming increasingly aware of how to prioritise employees’ emotional and mental health as they do their physical wellbeing.
Occupational health experts are beginning to prepare for a global pandemic. Along with the hand sanitisers and face masks, they need to start thinking about how to support employees emotionally as well as physically. Read more…