The Pandemic within the Pandemic:

Why Leaders Need to Reconnect on Mental Health at Work

Resetting Normal: Defining a New Era of Work


The pandemic is taking its toll on our mental and physical health. Our new research revealed that 38 percent of the world’s working people were suffering from burnout over the last 12 months, and 32 percent said their mental health had declined as a result.

We’re faced with a leadership dilemma: leaders are not only burned out themselves, but they also don’t know how to help others. The research suggests managers don’t know how to broach the subject of wellbeing or have the right skills to recognize problems like burnout.

Download our report and read more about the worrisome trends and how organizations and leaders can build wellbeing into existing business practices.


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“If we’re going to do a better job of responding to mental and physical wellbeing, we need to equip leaders with skills like empathy so they can have frank and meaningful conversations with people they lead to find out how they are really doing.”


– Jessica Conser, Ph.D.
SVP, Product and Solutions, LHH

Key Findings you should know


say their mental and physical health has declined in the last 12 months


of managers say they have not found it easy to identify when staff may be struggling with mental wellbeing


of non-managers say leaders don’t meet their expectations for checking on their mental wellbeing

About the Study


The Adecco Group commissioned and produced a study to uncover insights into attitudes, behaviors and the outlook of office-based workers on the future of work. The findings will help organizations continue to evolve and adapt as we look forward to a post-pandemic world and new ways of working.

This research includes 14,800 respondents across 25 countries. The countries include Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the UK, the United States, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.

All respondents were between the ages of 18-60, must have had a desk-based job of more than 20 hours per week and had their work altered during the pandemic (for example, by having to shift to a more remote work environment). The fieldwork was conducted in the local language and took place between 13 May – 4 June 2021.