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Man with technology modules in hands As a result of COVID-19, employees are seeking more support from their employers for mental and emotional health issues, and even reassessing the importance of meaning and purpose in their work. (Image: Shutterstock)

Michelle Williams, Dean, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, predicted on April 28, 2021: “We will likely see a very much higher collateral damage to our mental health and wellness than to our physical health.”

Mental health challenges were escalating before COVID-19 rapidly proliferated. According to a September 2020 survey by The Conference Board, 47% of HR leaders reported that workers’ productivity increased since the COVID-19 outbreak. The report found the increase due in part to employees working longer hours. The work-life blur, without a demarcation for many of the commute, led to an average of 2.5 hours more worked per day, and 45% say they have been working more hours than pre-pandemic.

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