As leaders, we need to talk about mental health challenges and make sure employees feel comfortable and empowered to talk to us if there’s an issue.

It’s no secret the pandemic has had a profound impact on everyone’s mental health. Studies show that remote employees are working longer hours than ever before while faced with distractions at home, including childcare and homeschooling challenges. Meanwhile on the hospital, factory, retail and restaurant floor, staff shortages have also forced these essential workers to put in more hours, sometimes under extremely stressful conditions. Not to mention, the general stress caused by the pandemic itself, social unrest, isolation, loneliness and the seemingly never-ending gloom and doom have piled on to an already difficult situation.

Related: Employees are stressed, but they’re afraid to admit it

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