pile of money with stethoscope on top The best mental wellness initiatives are designed with employee needs in mind, but it’s also important to demonstrate quantifiable ROI in order to get senior leadership support for these programs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

With vaccine programs gradually rolling out around the world, the light at the end of this very long tunnel shines brighter with each passing day. But many people will continue to struggle even after the virus gets under control. Deloitte research into past crises reveals that “once the public health and economic crises have subsided, the human crisis can endure for months, if not years, to come.”

The emotional toll of the pandemic is a key theme we highlighted in our recent report, HR Trends 2021: People Strategies for an Uncertain Future. A survey conducted by the CDC revealed that 41% of adults were dealing with a mental health issue stemming from the health crisis in late June of 2020. Additionally, McKinsey found that layoff worries, burnout, and mental health have been among the top challenges cited by employees during the pandemic.

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