A clinical psychologist notes that when we no longer encounter people in the office, we need to be more proactive to detect the red flags that indicate mental health issues.
The COVID-19 outbreak and its implications are causing an increase in employees’ stress levels and symptoms of depression and anxiety. The lack of social interactions coupled with financial and professional uncertainty is difficult for most people, resulting in work-related stress.
According to a survey conducted by my company Cassiopeia, 15% of employees indicate that the work with their colleagues has become more stressful since the shift to remote work. Likewise, 13% of employees indicate engagements (verbal or written) have become more aggressive or impatient.
Remote work exacerbates challenges in assessing employees’ mental health and well-being. According to Cassiopeia’s data, 41% of employees indicate that the difficulty in assessing their colleague’s well-being is one of the challenges that disturbs their performance or leadership the most.
As we no longer encounter people in the hallways or in the company’s kitchen, remote work requires managers and colleagues to be more proactive and sensitive to detect the red flags that could signal mental health issues.