The mental strain on working Americans rose sharply when the pandemic began. Now, mental health data is raising new concerns about the prolonged elevated levels of mental stress Americans have been experiencing. August marked six consecutive months of higher than normal mental health issues for workers in the U.S. The extreme increase in stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression that occurred early in the pandemic has receded somewhat during the past few months. Still, it remains significantly higher than pre-COVID. The fact that so many workers across the country are struggling with mental health issues that are now chronic vs. acute is raising alarms for businesses.
Workers are gradually adapting to living and working under the strain of COVID-19.
Business performance is threatened due to widescale mental health issues across the American workforce moving from acute to chronic.
In all cases, the burden of prolonged stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression is directly impacting workers’ productivity.
Anxiety decreased 16% in total between May and August.
Workers are experiencing 21% fewer depressive feelings since May.
Anxiety remains 23% higher than the February (pre-COVID) levels.
Despite an improvement in mood, feelings of depression remain 30% higher now vs. February.
Planning performance worsened 7% between June and August.
Focus is 31% worse today than February (pre-COVID) levels.