Lockdown Toll on Mental Health

According to a report, the increase in mental illness during the COVID-19 lockdowns cost Australia $13 billion.

The pandemic has brought a massive shift in every area of our lives, taking a toll on the mental health of many. Unemployment, enormous business loss, and community restrictions are just some of the things that heightened psychological distress.

Before the pandemic, many companies have started paying more attention to workplace mental health. Today, these efforts are imperative for COVID-19 to be considered a holistic emergency.

As your business navigates different transitions, what can managers do to support team members and their families?


The needs of your team will continue to change, which means you may have to monitor transition points more often. You’d be able to address problems in their infancy stage if you’re aware of your team’s challenges. At the same time, it’s a chance to reiterate the practices that support mental health. Proactive communication is key to inclusive flexibility, which helps preserve boundaries.

You may implement a customized approach to address the challenges and stressors. For example, Basecamp CEO Jason Fried announced that all employees with caregiving responsibilities are allowed to set their schedules. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to lower the standards. Flexibility, in many cases, can improve overall productivity.


Take some time to review your company’s policies regarding mental health. You might find relevant information in the company handbook. It’s also worth checking the specific services offered by your health insurance provider.

As a manager, it’s beneficial to be familiar with available resources should your team members approach you for guidance. Share your insights about these resources with higher management.

Consider getting a resource mobilization workshop if you believe it’s time to upgrade your mental health program into a more sustainable one.


To ensure accountability, conduct periodic surveys to understand how team members are doing. The survey can help you identify primary stressors and areas that require improvement. Many organizations use direct employee input to create or re-shape programs, including health and wellness support, remote skill-building, and work flexibility.

“We’ve been getting a lot of bookings for corporate teams. They’re integrating mind and body practice into their health and wellness program to combat the pandemic-induced stress and anxiety.”, says Lachman Barrett of Poses.


While it is encouraged to build connections and intentionally check in with each other, we should avoid pressuring others to discuss their mental health.

It’s advised to review employment laws regarding health status inquiries. Afterwards, work with Human Resources on how to handle sensitive communications.

Looking out for your team members builds a reputation as a sympathetic and emotionally intelligent manager. Moreover, intentionally creating a safe and trusting culture can boost productivity and may reduce turnovers.

Get in touch with Progressive Care Solutions now, and let’s see what workshops are best for your company’s current needs.