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Returning to the Office: Where Does Mental Health Come Into Play?

Updated: Mar 28, 2022

The pandemic forced many employers to close down their offices and transition their workspaces online. Now that the number of cases has decreased due to the vaccine rollout, employers are hoping to bring their employees back into the office. discusses a recent survey which found that over 4553 workers in 5 different countries reported feeling anxious about returning to the office.

This could be due to several reasons, primarily in terms of health concerns. While managers want to ensure that their employee's health and well-being are intact, they also have incentives for bringing employees back into the office, such as office rent and others expenses.

Other reasons behind an employee's anxiety to return to work are the following: limited flexibility, having to commute again, wearing a mask all day, etc.

The study noted that 56% of respondents stated that their employers did not even ask for their opinions on the matter and failed to outline the new policies and procedures that would be followed upon returning to the office.

Take time to listen to employees' feedback to ensure their concerns are addressed in the transition plan from remote to in-office. Need help with clearly identifying your employees' needs? Click here to schedule a call with our team to learn how we can continue to measure and assess employee engagement during this transition.

For more information on what Retainify can do for you and your employees, schedule a time to meet with us.

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Sah, Sunita. Mental health: pressure to return to the office could be making employees more anxious. Retrieved July 20, 2021, from

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