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Mental Health First Aid Ireland. [Mental Health First Aid Ireland] Working at home – wellbeing survey. (23 Jul 2020)


Mental Health First Aid Ireland today published the initial results of its Working at Home – Wellbeing survey. The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the largest and quickest mass shift in work patterns globally (1). Understanding the effects of this shift on the mental and physical wellbeing of employees can better inform employers to create supportive and effective systems to support their staff. The survey had a total of 1,179 respondents across a wide range of sectors and focused on the mental and physical wellbeing of employees who found themselves home working as a result of Covid-19.

The survey revealed the mixed impact of the lifestyle changes that home working has had on the population. More than half of the respondents said they loved the autonomy of working from home, and 34% said they felt more motivated. However, when asked about their mental wellbeing, respondents cited poor sleep and increased fatigue. Some 40% reported loss of sleep due to worry and half said they experienced more fatigue than usual. Meanwhile, diet and exercise have also been affected with 24% admitting to drinking more alcohol, almost a third admitted they are eating a less healthy diet and 40% said they are exercising less.....

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