Pandemic Return to Work Stats & Sources

“Roughly 1 in 3 workers back in the workplace said the return-to-office shift negatively impacted their mental health, according to a June McKinsey survey of 1,602 employed people”

“Nine out of 10 employers surveyed by McKinsey & Company revealed that they know COVID-19 is affecting their workforce’s mental health and productivity. Employers are listening, with 70% saying they’re taking concrete actions to improve employee well-being, satisfaction, and productivity by expanding their benefits and offering more resources”

“In the United States, the prevalence rate of depression jumped from about 8.8 percent pre-covid to 23.5 percent in 2020. The prevalence of anxiety among Americans also took a sharp upswing during the pandemic, rising from 8.2 percent to about 30 percent”

“Statistics from the ITA Group reveal that workplace wellness programs can result in 28% less sick days and 26% less health costs”

“62% of Americans believe their health is more important to them than before the pandemic”

“More than 40% [of employees surveyed] lack the motivation to take care of their wellbeing”

“As of March 2021, about 24% more people reported higher anxiety than a year earlier”

“A new survey of 1,012 Americans by biotechnology company Gelesis, reveals 71% gained weight throughout 2020”

“60% of respondents want to feel healthier and 51% hope to lose weight in 2021”

“Survey found that 61% of Americans are more determined than ever to develop healthy eating habits (64%) and maintain healthy lifestyle habits (63%)”

“A majority of adults (61%) reported experiencing undesired weight changes since the start of the pandemic, with more than 2 in 5 (42%) saying they gained more weight than they intended”

“More than half of U.S. adults (53%) said they have been less physically active than they wanted to be since the pandemic started"

“During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder”

“Research from prior economic downturns shows that job loss is associated with increased depression, anxiety, distress, and low self-esteem”

“One-third of respondents in a new McKinsey survey said their return to work has had a negative impact on their mental health. Almost half of those who have not yet returned anticipate negative mental health impacts”

“68% of Millennials and 81% of Gen Zers have left roles for mental health reasons, both voluntarily and involuntarily, compared with 50% of respondents overall”

“91% of respondents believed that a company’s culture should support mental health, up from 86% in 2019”

“Nearly ⅔ of respondents talked about their mental health to someone at work in the past year”

“Only 49% of respondents described their experience of talking about mental health at work as positive or reported that they received a positive or supportive response”

“84% of respondents reported at least one workplace factor that negatively impacted their mental health”