With restrictions, isolation, cancelled holidays, or simply not being able to make plans – everyone has suffered through the pandemic, quite aside from those who have been hit by the virus itself. Add to this the challenges for employees and their employers, like furlough ending, return to work, cancelled orders, and it is not surprising that companies and staff are suffering from Covid Fatigue, says Towergate Health and Protection.
“‘Covid Fatigue’ is a phrase we’ve coined to explain the way many of us are currently feeling,” explains Brett Hill, Distribution Director at Towergate Health and Protection. “It covers the feeling of exhaustion and exasperation from constantly having to keep up with changing regulations and demands brought about by the pandemic. Both employers and employees are likely to currently be suffering the effects of Covid Fatigue but this manifests itself in different ways.”
Anxiety of returning to the office
There are many ways in which employees may be suffering from Covid Fatigue. This could be in their home life, with unwell friends and family, self-isolation, cancelled plans, social remoteness. Or in their working life, with working from home, furlough, and the anxiety of returning to the office.
Employers too, face all the same difficulties in their home lives as their employees, but they are also shouldering a great deal of responsibility, having to provide moral support to struggling staff, and dealing with the business and economic fall-out of the pandemic. It should not be forgotten that employers too may find working from home a strain and may also have apprehension over the return to the office.
Hill commented: “It has been a long and difficult path throughout the pandemic. Everyone talks about 2020 being a terrible year but, we are now three-quarters of the way through 2021 and have certainly not seen the back of Covid yet.
“Employers need to be understanding of their employees’ concerns and recognise Covid Fatigue among staff but also go easy on themselves. Mental and physical health issues do not differentiate between management levels, and we all need to look after ourselves to be able to look after others around us.”
Meanwhile, when asked to consider the impact of the pandemic, 59 per cent of expats believe that their employer health care packages should prioritise physical over mental well-being.