Prevention Podcast: Season 3, Ep. 9 — Managing COVID-19 Depression In The Workforce

Prevention Podcast: Season 3, Ep. 9 — Managing COVID-19 Depression In The Workforce


May 12, 2020

As many companies prepare for a phased return to work, human resource managers are preparing to welcome back employees who are emotionally drained, having trouble concentrating, and dealing with the reality that they’ve lost interest in things they once enjoyed.

Between 22 percent and 35 percent of U.S. employees often experience these symptoms of depression as they live through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research by the Society for Human Resource Management.

“COVID-19 is taking a toll on our minds and emotions in a million little ways,” said SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP. “Now, more than ever, employers should double down against stigmas and guarantee employees know of the resources, benefits and accommodations available.”

On this episode of the Prevention Podcast, we go deeper into the SHRM survey with Kerri Nelson, Senior Researcher, Strategic Research Initiatives at Society for Human Resource Management, and explore what employers can do to help their employees through this difficult time.

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Dan Verton is the Director of Content & Branding at LiveSafe. Dan is a former military intelligence officer and anti-terrorism awareness training producer for a nationwide DHS training program. An award-winning journalist, Dan has a Master's Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and is the author of four books, including The Hacker Diaries (McGraw-Hill, 2002), Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2003), and Left of Boom (Amazon, 2017). Follow @DanielVerton

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