University Study Links Workplace Stressors to Coronavirus

University Study Links Workplace Stressors to Coronavirus

The University of Connecticut’s Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that employee mental health has declined since the onset of the pandemic.

A study conducted by the University of Connecticut School of Nursing found a rise in mental health concerns in employees during the coronavirus pandemic, reports Forbes.

Since the beginning of the study in March, the feelings and attitudes of an estimated 1,000 people have been tracked. Anxiety, worry over finances and uncertainty about job security during the pandemic has been a common concern among workers who have participated in the 18 surveys.

Battling with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues can make working difficult, so the study encourages employers to support workers during this time, as mental health is an important part of workplace safety.

“Based on these findings, it may be particularly important for employers to be mindful and try to minimize feelings of uncertainty for employees, as well as instilling hope or agency in employees,” said researchers.

More information on workplace safety can be found at osha.gov.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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