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HAVE YOUR SAY: How has the pandemic affected your personal and professional life?

 

Around 86 per cent of 22 to 26-year-olds say the pandemic affected their ability to develop the right relationships and networking opportunities at work.

Over three quarters said they felt their opportunity to achieve the right skills in their chosen careers had been impacted by the successive lockdowns.

Meanwhile another survey has revealed a fifth of the UK experienced a complete breakdown in a relationship at home or at work in the last year, with a quarter saying their personal relationships had worsened.

It comes as The LifeWorks Mental Health Index™ indicates that four in 10 Britons want employers to implement mandatory vaccines in reopening policies

Key findings:

  • Overall mental-health score of -10.9 compared to the pre-pandemic benchmark, reaching its highest point for two consecutive months since the launch of the Index in April 2020.
  • Managers were 35 per cent more likely than non-managers to request mandatory vaccinations upon the return-to-workplace.
  • Sixteen per cent of respondents feel that the culture of their organisation does not support their personal wellbeing. This group has a mental-health score of -19.3.
  • Twenty-six per cent of respondents are unsure of their company’s culture of support. This group has a mental-health score of -15.1.
  • Fifty-nine per cent of respondents feel that the culture of their organisation supports their personal wellbeing. This group has a mental-health score of -8.7.

Strong relationship with work peers contributing to improved mental health:

  • Seventy-one per cent of respondents indicate that their relationship with work peers has remained the same compared to before the pandemic. This group has a mental health score of -7.0.
  • Twelve per cent of respondents report an improved relationship with work peers. This group has a mental health score of -15.1.
  • Sixteen per cent of respondents report a worsened relationship with work peers. This group has a mental health score of -23.1.
  • Managers are nearly twice as likely as non-managers to report an improved relationship with their work peers compared to before the pandemic.
  • Parents are more than twice as likely than non-parents to report an improved relationship with their work peers compared to before the pandemic.

How has the pandemic affected you? Has it impacted on your career? Does working from home impact your ability to progress? How has the pandemic affected your personal relationships?

For more mental health stories click here.


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