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Why boosting workplace mental health is good for business

As the pandemic wears on, improving employee wellness doesn’t just reduce costs and reputational risk, it drives success

The human brain doesn’t like uncertainty. Yet thanks to the pandemic, uncertainty now defines our collective experience. Add to that our separation from others, restrictions that prohibit our usual outlets for stress and, most significantly, the loss of much of our sense of control, and you have the definition of trauma.

As the COVID-19 pandemic wore on, we saw an astounding decline in the mental health of Canada’s working population. Burnout levels are triple those of 2019. Suicidal ideation among employees seeking counselling services has doubled. Even those who usually have good mental health are feeling more anxious and strained. Indeed, 80% of the working population indicates that the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health.

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