Workplace mental health and wellbeing in Midlands firms before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

ERC Insight Paper

Associated Themes
  • Management and Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Productivity and performance

This report uses data from two waves of the Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing survey, which explores employer experiences of, and attitudes towards, mental health issues. The first wave of data collection was carried out in early 2020 (pre-COVID-19), concluding just days before England went into its first lockdown on 23rd March, and included 1,899 firms in the Midlands. The second wave took place during February, March and April 2021, and covered 1,551 Midlands firms, of which 570 had participated in wave 1. The aim of this report is to explore the changes that the pandemic has provoked in workplace mental health issues. It is evident from our analysis that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a marked effect on workplace mental health issues in Midlands firms.