How The COVID-19 Shutdown Is Overwhelming The World’s Workers With Stress/Anxiety

February 22, 2021 by

Quite simply, since the beginning of the pandemic, the workplace has become incredibly intense, forcing many workers to “be close to a nervous breakdown,” in the words of one employee I recently interviewed:

  • Limited sleep.
  • A loss of appetite.
  • Unable to take time off.
  • Increased workloads and strict deadlines.
  • Being told to “do more with less.”
  • Threatened that they are “replaceable.”
  • Limited or no performance feedback.
  • Social distancing.
  • Masking.
  • No face-to-face interaction, other than Zoom calls.
  • Unshakable stress.
  • Tears.
  • Increased consumption of alcohol and drugs.
  • Utter exhaustion.
  • Burnout

Since its beginning, the pandemic has devastated workers’ emotions, adversely impacting their ability to successfully perform at work.  In fact, 65% of worldwide workers report that Covid–19 has negatively impacted their mental health.1

And yet, many workers have been freed from having to commute to an office, but rather are now working from home.  They get to spend more time with their families, set their own schedules, take an occasional nap, watch Netflix, and get to meditate and exercise when they want.  Best-in-class employers have embraced these benefits for their employees, as well as promoted their employees’ health and well-being.  World-class leaders champion this employee support, from the Chief Executive Officers on down.



1  YouGov


Kevin Sheridan is an internationally-recognized Keynote Speaker, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement. For five years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 100 experts on Employee Engagement. He was also honored to be named to The Employee Engagement Award’s Top 101 Global Influencers on Employee Engagement of 2017.

Having spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant, Kevin has helped some of the world’s largest corporations rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors. Kevin’s premier creation, PEER®, has been consistently recognized as a long-overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of Employee Engagement. His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.

Kevin received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1988, concentrating his degree in Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three different companies.