Pandemic affects employee well-being and productivity: survey

The new normal we live in is directly impacting labor dynamics. In Mexico, 64% of employers think that the pandemic from Covid-19 will have a negative impact on the productivity of employees and 80% in their well-being, which is related to physical and emotional health, social relationships and financial well-being, stress being the main problem faced by workers, according to the Survey Wellness Diagnostic 2021, prepared worldwide by Willis Towers Watson.

According to survey, more than half of employers consider that mental and physical health and lack of exercise have become the main challenges of their workforce.

The survey notes that 36% of companies offer various wellness programs, but have not formally articulated a strategy; For 38%, the strategy and value proposition behind the wellness program were effectively communicated.

Only 9% of the companies adopted and articulated a wellness strategy with established objectives and goals for each program.

In the last 5 years, the interest of companies in the health and well-being of employees and their families increased by 24%, from 54% to 78%, with the physical and emotional well-being of employees being the highest priority for employers for the next three years.

The mental health of workers has also been a topic of interest for companies since in this area the implementation of a strategy or action plan for employees increased from 24% in 2015 to 43% in 2021.

The survey highlights that among the specific actions that employers are taking to improve the physical well-being of employees are, offering:

-Medical checks with biometric exams

-Risk management programs related to lifestyle (for example, nutrition programs, physical activity, smoking, sleep, etc.)

-Health risk assessments

For emotional well-being, employers are looking for opportunities to build employee resilience; for example: through resilience training, promoting virtual care solutions for mental health conditions, and offering programs to support chronic mental health conditions (eg, depression, anxiety, etc.).

On the financial side, this is a serious problem that worries employees, which is why: 37% of organizations offer webinars that provide financial education; 31% offer short-term, personalized financial advice (for example, in person, online, or over the phone); and 28% offer and promote personalized support for making financial decisions to spend, borrow and save.