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2021 Opened the Pandora’s Box of Mental Health. Here’s What’s Likely to Happen in 2022

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If employers don’t meet the moment and provide mental health support to their teams, there will likely be a prolonged Great Resignation as empowered employees seek out opportunities where employers demonstrate a genuine concern for their well-being.


Nearly two years ago, COVID-19 transformed the way we all live and work almost overnight. For many people, the pandemic has been a time of significant stress, grief, and change, and mental health has rightly become a significant focus in the workplace. We see, for example, employers investing more in their employee’s mental health, and employees asking for more flexibility and environments that support their well-being.

However, my workplace also recently found that 60 percent of leaders plan to revert back to the mental health strategy used pre-pandemic. This demonstrates some are anticipating a return to “normal”, but it’s much more likely that we will need to find a “new normal,” which hopefully includes easy access to mental health care and work environments that support mental health.

If employers don’t meet the moment and provide mental health support to their teams, I predict a prolonged Great Resignation as empowered employees seek out opportunities where employers demonstrate a genuine concern for their well-being.

We’ve started laying the groundwork in 2021, but in 2022 the expectation among employees will only increase as leaders likely will face the following:

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