headshots of people attending a virtual meeting Despite the number of COVID-19 cases decreasing in the U.S., employers should note that employees’ desire to feel safe, protected, and cared for is here to stay. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s no secret that health care workers were among the most affected by the pandemic. Seemingly overnight, these employees found their job descriptions had morphed from that of a health care professional to a frontline worker, tasked with handling the onslaught of an unprecedented illness.

A new report from MetLife’s 19th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study, which aims to quantify the pandemic’s impact on these employees, found that only 59% of health care workers feel mentally healthy, compared to 68% of employees from other sectors. As a result, only 67% of health care workers say they feel engaged at work (down from 78% in April 2020) and only 73% say they’re productive most of the time at work (down from 80% in April 2020).

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