The Big Return: The post-COVID return to work and the hidden costs of the pandemic
We surveyed 2,000 of the UKâ€™s working population who have worked from home during the pandemic to understand the impact of COVID on employees.
The insight is designed to be a point of departure for the development of clear strategies and tactics to support employees, not only over the coming months, but also the coming years, as we come out of a life-changing pandemic and begin to return to normal.
- Â 50.5% of employees say their employer has not provided any health and wellbeing support during the pandemic
- 48% of UK workers do not inform employers when suffering from mental health, physical health, grief, finance or drug or alcohol issues
- 45% described their feelings about the return to work negatively (36% are a little anxious, 9% are deeply concerned)
- 70% of employers agree that the seriousness with which my employer treats employee health and wellbeing, including work-life balance, is more important to me compared to a year ago.
- 66% feel the last 12 months have negatively impacted their career in some way
- 69% of furloughed staff feel anxious about returning to work
â€œThe location, look and feel of workplaces and work patterns will continue to evolve far beyond these pandemic years, but the constant needs to be that employers put their workforceâ€™s health and wellbeing centre stage.â€
Dr Rohit S. Prajapati, chief medical officer at BHSF