Employees are suffering too
14th April 2020
A survey commissioned by Richmond Foundation conducted by Esprimi among just over 1,000 respondents revealed that 47% of the respondents admitted to feeling depressed most of the time during the COVID-19 pandemic. 27% felt occasionally depressed while the other 20% felt continuously depressed. According to respondents while 26% of the females felt continuously depressed, 13% of the males answered likewise. In fact, more than half the female respondents, 54%, admitted to feeling depressed most of the time during the pandemic.
51.6% of those who participated in the survey were full-time employees, 7.4% were part-time employees and 4.9% were self-employed.
44% of the full-time employees admitted to feeling depressed most of the time during the pandemic. While 49% of the pert-time employees feel likewise. The same feeling was dominant in 46% of the self-employed respondents.
39.2% of the full-time employees answered that their sleep was restless most of the time during these times. 41.8% of the pert-time employees replied likewise. A higher percentage, 44.2%, within the self-employed sector answered that their sleep was restless most of the time.
46% of those in full-time employment as well as those in part-time employment do not stick to a routine every day, which includes get up in the morning, take a shower, and get dressed as if going out. This drops to 40% among the self-employed.
A quarter of those in full-time, part-time and self-employed feel that there is no one that they can share their worries and tears with. Even more worrying is that 15% of full-timers, 19% of part-timers and 10% of self-employed believe that they will not find anyone to help them if they were to fall sick.
Close to half of the survey’s respondents, 48%, feel that they do not feel to do anything most of the time. Only 7% said that they felt happy all the time.
Respondents see the place work as a high-risk place of infection. Evidently those in employment are also worried about the impact of the pandemic on their employment and workplace while also admitting that their daily routine has been disrupted due to the thoughts about the pandemic.
The survey shows that the pandemic has had an impact on the mental well being of those in Maltese Islands and those in employment have also been impacted. Employers are thus encouraged to take action to support their employees through these unprecedented times.
All survey results may be viewed through this link.