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Thursday, Nov 19, 2020 13:15 [IST]

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Don’t ignore the collateral damages

Everyone has been affected differently by the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether that is adjusting to a new work-life situation, the loss of a job, or loved one, the weight of these unprecedented times can be heavy, and significantly impact our mental health.
Forced to contend with these additional stressors while still having to work, many workers are facing unexpected challenges with their mental well-being and needing support while at their jobs. As a result, many employers are now pursuing a renewed focus on— or learning how to navigate for the first time— the mental well-being of their employees.
The covid-19 pandemic seems to have increased media attention on mental health issues at workplaces, which is a good thing. The World Economic Forum had featured mental health as a global challenge. More and more CEOs are turning their focus to mental health, given the big issue that it has become. A global report finds that 18% of global depression cases emanate from India. Another survey of 200,000 professionals in India found that about half of them suffered extreme stress at work. Adjusted for population size, India may rank first in the incidence of mental disorders.
The workplace is a major source of mental affliction, especially this Covid year, with high anxiety being experienced over careers and financial stability. Research suggests that nearly 80% of employees find their jobs no less stressful now than before, and 75% say they don’t have good friends at work. Trillions of dollars could be lost by way of productivity losses. Employers should learn and educate their staff about this problem.
Companies need to stop treating mental afflictions as less important than physical illnesses, and provide more comprehensive coverage as part of their medical benefits, while working to reduce the stigma associated with these. Enterprises and mental healthcare providers need to employ treatments that use the latest findings of neuroscience research. These studies promise effective treatments for conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Unfortunately, many people with serious mental illness do not receive care. Not many Indian companies and insurance providers cover mental health as part of their policies. They seem not to have realized that they bear a lot of the costs of stress-affected workers. It is imperative that employers address mental health issues, not just by providing medical benefits, but also by fostering a workplace culture of good physical and mental health through management practices that promote well-being.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi