Even before the pandemic, many countries were recording record instances of work-related stress, anxiety and depression, with the WHO estimating this to have a $1 Trillion (USD) impact on productivity.
The pandemic has added additional stressors to workers in the form of health and economic uncertainty, while also increasing isolation and restriction of activities known to promote wellbeing (e.g. time with friends, access to exercise facilities).
Many organisations lack internal wellbeing experts. This is particularly true in relation to mental health. Often people in functions such as human resources are asked to incorporate wellbeing into their role, when they do not have time to give this appropriate attention.
Even when companies do offer mental health support to employees (e.g. through an employee assistance program), these services generally offer reactive support (not preventing an issue from arising) and most often experience poor utilisation rates (< 1 in 20 employees typically access this type of service).