Managing COVID-19 Depression In The Workforce

Published May 12, 2020 on

As many companies prepare for a phased return to work, human resource managers are preparing to welcome back employees who are emotionally drained, having trouble concentrating, and dealing with the reality that they’ve lost interest in things they once enjoyed.

Between 22 percent and 35 percent of U.S. employees often experience these symptoms of depression as they live through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research by the Society for Human Resource Management.

“COVID-19 is taking a toll on our minds and emotions in a million little ways,” said SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP. “Now, more than ever, employers should double down against stigmas and guarantee employees know of the resources, benefits and accommodations available.”

On this episode of the Prevention Podcast, we go deeper into the SHRM survey with Kerri Nelson, Senior Researcher, Strategic Research Initiatives at Society for Human Resource Management, and explore what employers can do to help their employees through this difficult time.