Mental Health – An upcoming critical subject in Corporate Pakistan?

Published on June 22, 2020 by Muhammad Sajwani

Is COVID 19 Pandemic a turning point for the workplace mental health? The short answer is ‘Yes’. The how part needs to be understood by the corporate sector in Pakistan and elsewhere who should take a closer look at how it perceives mental health and how HR practices can help both employers and employees.

The current pandemic finds more employees struggling—and employers playing catch-up in the rush to help. It has also put a spotlight on mental health like never before, with a slew of startling statistics revealing the effects of the crisis: The majority of employees say they are dealing with some type of mental health issue as a result of the pandemic. Many are scared about their physical health, their childcare responsibilities, new realities of social distancing and remote work. Financial stressors are sky-high, with employees worried about losing their jobs. The vast majority of employees say it’s the most stressful time of their career—even more stressful than major events like 9/11 and the 2008 Great Recession. says LuAnn Heinen, vice president of wellbeing and workforce strategy at the Business Group on Health says: “It’s difficult for the most resilient of us right now. And for those who are vulnerable in any number of ways, it’s that much more challenging.’

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