Umbrella protecting from rain Many individuals have weathered the storm well and will fare well moving forward, but as a workforce population, we cannot expect our mental balance to snap back to pre-pandemic levels. (Image: Shutterstock)

More than a year of isolation has been a key factor in new workforce attitudes, such as requests for workplace flexibility and remote technology, and fears about working together again. Companies cannot expect the employee population returning to work to be the same as the one that went home. They no longer have the same expectations, motivators and, importantly, mental health.

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