According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019, mental health problems now affect an estimated 700 million people. Amongst other things, psychological distress is related to a feeling of lack of control in the face of uncertainty. Additionally, a new WHO survey shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide, meanwhile the demand for them has soared. Mental health is a bomb to the governmental health system. Organizations will, to a larger extent, become tomorrow’s health-care providers for employees and will be held responsible for their well-being. Well-being is going to be atop of the HR-future’s agenda. One noteworthy blind spot of future-preparing organizations in regards to the decline in well-being, is techno-stress: a generation-spanning phenomenon describing the inability to cope or have a positive relationship with modern technologies. HR strategies need to get team leaders and managers engaged in creating a high-performance mental health culture, by articulating a workplace well-being strategy and building resilience to stress and uncertainty.
Well-being in the workplace