Safety tip: address the mental strain from COVID-19

May 14, 2020
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Written by Washington Retail
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By now, the physical toll from the COVID-19 virus has been well documented, but it’s also taking a mental toll on employees.

New research by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that up to 35% of U.S. employees have struggled with depression as they live through and worry about the pandemic.

Employees report symptoms including feeling like failures or letting family members down, hopelessness, little interest or pleasure in pursuing activities and feeling tired. The society urges employees to keep in regular touch with employees who may be working from home and struggling with isolation. It also urges referring employees to counseling services that might be available through their jobs or in the communities where they live.

Washington Retail employs Rick Means, Director of Safety & Education, to assist companies with safety plans or topics for monthly safety meetings. Reach Rick at 360-200-6454 or [email protected].

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