According to LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index, the impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is evident with the vast majority of UK professionals feeling stressed. Among those in work, 65% said they had felt “very” or “somewhat” stressed in the past month, while 75% of unemployed respondents reported similar in regards to job hunting.
Overall, concerns are running higher among the unemployed and are more common among women than men. Almost three-quarters of women in work reported feeling stressed in the past month, compared to 57% of men. Among those out of work, figures were closer, with 78% of women and 70% of men worried about their job search.
Both mental and physical health are important concerns for peoples end of year plans, though mental well-being is slightly more significant among women, with more than half seeing it as an influencing factor on their plans. Work concerns were among the least important factors in people’s plans, with around a quarter of both men and women suggesting that workplace policies and flexibility played a role influencing their end-of-year plans.