Risks to employee well-being in new work environments

Working in the office and at home has become standard practice after Covid-19. However, the new working environments have also posed a risk to the well-being of the employees.

The “COVID-19 Global Impact” study, prepared by Cigna, shows that the new work environment involves an increase in sedentary lifestyles and ergonomic disorders, among other problems.

According to the insurer, teleworking has led to a decrease in physical activity, which is why sedentary lifestyles have intensified. In this sense, they remind us of the importance of making staff aware of a healthy lifestyle based on physical exercise and a balanced diet.

The same goes for mental health, Cigna’s study shows that the lack of physical contact with peers produced feelings of isolation and loneliness. Added to this is the concern for personal finances and for the health and well-being of family and friends. In this sense, it is advisable to develop prevention programs that avoid the onset of anxiety, depression or high levels of stress.

The difficulties of taking charge of chronic pathologies of employees also emerge. The arrival of teleworking or hybrid work has led to an alteration in the routines of employees with chronic diseases. This has meant that some conditions have gone unnoticed by employers, so they are not treated as they should. In this case, it is important that the company has disease management programs in place to support employees with conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

On the other hand, furniture is important when it comes to avoiding risks to the health of the worker. Teleworking has led to an increase in ergonomic problems. To avoid this, companies can implement programs that assess health risks and increase prevention.

The report also finds that 58% of Spanish workers ask for a better understanding of their personal situation, and 55% of them ask for more support for their mental health.

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