YuLife, the tech-driven insurance company on a mission to inspire life, today announced the results of a survey conducted in conjunction with YouGov which investigated the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employees’ wellbeing in the workplace. The survey was conducted to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the UK’s first nationwide lockdown in March 2020.
The survey found that almost a quarter of UK office workers (22%) don’t take any breaks during their working day, apart from lunch breaks, and around half (46%) of people said that their employers and line managers do not encourage them to take breaks. 42% of people are more stressed at work than they were before the onset of the pandemic. Against this backdrop, some 93% of people say that employers have an obligation to safeguard employees’ wellbeing – rising to 97% among women.
Additional findings include:
Changing Lifestyle Habits
● Netflix Nation. 53% are watching more TV now than they were before the pandemic.
● Bedtime Blues. 38% of people say that their sleep quality is more disturbed than before the pandemic. 25% responded they are both sleeping less and that their sleep quality is more disrupted.
● Healthy Intentions. 69% of people say they plan healthier behavioural habits once restrictions loosen (including healthy eating, losing weight, or exercising or meditating more), rising to 82% among 18 to 24-year-olds.
Wellbeing at Work:
● Zoom Fatigue. 30% believe the lack of in-person interaction with colleagues as a result of working from home has negatively affected their wellbeing.
● Low Motivation. 33% of people say that they are less motivated in the workplace than before the pandemic.
● Help Out to Work Out. 25% believe that opportunities to exercise or improve their physical wellbeing constitute the most beneficial service employers could provide to boost their health.
“Rising stress, reduced sleep, fewer breaks and more time spent in front of screens are combining to take their toll on Britons’ wellbeing,” added Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, Chief Wellbeing Officer, YuLife. “Employers must now take the lead in encouraging employees to take simple but necessary steps to enhance their wellbeing in the workplace.”
Commenting on the findings, YuLife CEO and Founder Sammy Rubin said: “A year of widespread disruption in the wake of the pandemic has had a clear and pronounced impact on wellbeing in the workplace and on individual lifestyle habits. Employers must heed this wake-up call and strive to find solutions that respond to employees’ changing needs, ensuring that they are supported whether working from home or the office.”
Please find a link to an infographic with the full survey results here.