Over One Million Resignations: Employees’ Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The number of job vacancies within the UK reached a new record of 1.2 million between October and December last year 2021, which is 462,000 more than pre-pandemic levels according to latest ONS figures.

The human health and social work sector, in particular, saw the biggest increase in job vacancies between October and December 2021, rising to a record high of 206,000 openings. This latest figure is a 50% increase on the same period in 2020 and is also a 15% increase compared to July and September last year.

According to NHS England figures, more than 27,000 medics left the NHS in the third quarter of last year, the highest number on record and approximately 2 per cent of the entire workforce. 

This mass exodus is thought to be a result of the increased mental and psychological strain caused by the pandemic, with research revealing a rise in social issues, particularly stress, amongst employees in all sectors over the last two years. 

Yet, for those ‘on the front line’, the impact of the pandemic has been paramount. The British Medical Association reported that their mental health and wellbeing support services experienced a 40% increase in use between March to May 2020, which is likely to still be the case almost two years later as the world continues to fight the virus.

HR Manager, Fiona Robinson, at Virtual College said: “We are almost two years since the first lockdown and unfortunately, research is now highlighting the detrimental long-term impact that it’s had on workers across all sectors and roles, especially when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. 

This can’t be ignored and is why it is more important than ever for employers to offer the right levels of advice and support for their employees when it comes to their mental health. At Virtual College, we have created a range of resources to do just that. They have been designed to educate employers on what support can be given so that they can easily prioritise the topic and reassure their employees that it is something they take seriously. 

We know it isn’t the easiest topic to discuss so we wanted to ensure that we could offer something for every business, large or small, that will enable them to approach the topic with the sensitivity it requires.”

Virtual College is one of the UK’s leading online training providers and offers a number of valuable resources to help employers prioritise and support the mental health of their employees. 

The company has created a bespoke Mental Health and Wellbeing Resource Pack that aims to give a brief insight into mental health, foster people’s awareness of their own wellbeing and give advice on how to support others.

Job vacancies being at an all time high also highlights the importance of supporting mental health within a workplace. Recognising this, Virtual College’s Supporting Your Staff Through Mental Health course is designed specifically for employers and managers in any industry and provides insight and understanding into how to understand, support and promote the mental health of their workforce.

The digital learning provider also offers a range of useful resources to help maintain and improve mental health, including a guide to mental health and wellbeing and a guide to journaling that explains the concept and the positive impact it can have on wellbeing. 

Whilst the latest job vacancy figures are concerning, learning resources from companies like Virtual College are readily available and offer employers the opportunity to learn how to effectively put the mental health of their workforce at the forefront. 

You can find out more about the ready-to-go courses offered by Virtual College here > https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/courses/search?

Author: Editorial Team

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