In these unusual times, isolation and uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress – and this can be even harder on those who are already struggling with their mental health.
To gain insight over how professionals are coping, we recently carried out a survey of over 1,700 professionals across Ireland. Our findings showed that since lockdown was enforced wellbeing has fallen. Just over two thirds (64%) rated their wellbeing as positive before these restrictions were put in place – but only 39% said it was still positive since lockdown.
The negative effect of lockdown was most commonly identified as the lack of social interaction, as noted by 31% of respondents, followed by isolation/loneliness (12%) and boredom (10%). An increase in workload was a factor for 9% of respondents and looking after children was a concern for 8%. Only 6% stated they had no challenges, and many said that their work-support network had changed and they were now more distant with colleagues and leadership.
We all need to consider how maintaining good mental health and wellbeing amongst our teams and wider workforce can be achieved - and how to create and contribute towards a mentally healthy workplace. With that in mind, here are some things we can do to help ourselves and our teams cope with the challenging times we now find ourselves in.
Whether managing a team or looking for ways to improve your own mental health, we should all be mindful of further changes ahead. We are not out of the woods yet and colleagues will need our support. If we keep our focus on doing the right thing and are open and honest about what we’re doing, we’ll be better placed to support our own mental health and that of others.
With over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, Maureen believes a strong relationship is at the heart of recruitment. This approach allows her to create innovative recruitment solutions reflecting her clients’ desire to grow their teams, while also working closely with individuals looking to take the next step in their careers. Maureen began her Hays career in our Senior Finance division and is now the Director of Operations for our offices in Cork, Limerick and Galway, managing our finance, construction & property, financial services, operations & administration support and IT functions. Maureen also takes the lead for Hays Ireland Diversity & Inclusion initiatives creating and implementing diverse recruitment strategies that effectively support the representation of more diverse staff profiles both within Hays Ireland and in the organisations with whom we work.
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