Many UK workers are struggling with a lack of social interaction, with wellbeing dropping during the Coronavirus lockdown.
A Hays survey of over 16,200 professionals, found that close to two thirds (61%) rated their wellbeing as positive before restrictions were put in place, but only 35% said it remained positive since lockdown. Those who rated their wellbeing as negative rose from 7% to 23%.
Over a quarter (26%) of workers said a lack of social interaction has been the greatest challenge to their wellbeing, followed by isolation and loneliness (13%) and boredom (11%).
As many as 77% of professionals believe their employer has a responsibility to look after their wellbeing, but half (49%) state that their employer hasn’t provided any wellbeing support during the lockdown.
Of those who said their employer was providing support, a fifth (20%) also said their employer is offering social activities, followed by counselling (17%) and training (15%).