Employee Mental Health During COVID-19 Adaptation: Observations of Occupational Safety and Health/Human Resource Professionals in Ireland
|Title:||Employee Mental Health During COVID-19 Adaptation: Observations of Occupational Safety and Health/Human Resource Professionals in Ireland||Authors:||Chen, Yanbing; Ingram, Carolyn; Downey, Vicky; Roe, Mark; Drummond, Anne; Sripaiboonkij, Penpatra; Buckley, Claire; Alvarez, Elizabeth; Perrotta, Carla; Buggy, Conor J.||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/13063||Date:||9-Aug-2022||Online since:||2022-08-17T11:27:04Z||Abstract:||Objectives: This study aims to understand mental health issues among Irish employees arising from COVID-19 adaptation from the perspective of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and/or Human Resource (HR) professionals. Methods: Fifteen focus groups including 60 OSH/HR professionals from various sectors were conducted covering four predetermined themes. The data were transcribed verbatim, with transcripts entered into Nvivo for thematic analysis incorporating intercoder reliability testing. Results: The mental health impacts among employees are identified from three stages: pre-adaptation, during adaptation, and post-adaptation. Most issues were reported during the second stage when working conditions dramatically changed to follow emerging COVID-19 policies. The identified mental health support from participating organizations included providing timely and reliable information, Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), informal communication channels, hybrid work schedules and reinforcement of control measures. Conclusion: This study explores the challenges facing employees during the different stages of COVID-19 adaptation and the associated mental health impacts. Gender’s influence on mental health consultations should be considered when planning for public health emergencies, and further research conducted in male dominated industries.||Funding Details:||Science Foundation Ireland||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Frontiers Media||Journal:||International Journal of Public Health||Volume:||67||Start page:||1||End page:||15||Copyright (published version):||2022 The Authors||Keywords:||Mental health; COVID-19; Fatigue; Occupational health; Employee wellbeing; Work adaptation; Coronavirus||DOI:||10.3389/ijph.2022.1604720||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed||ISSN:||1661-8556||This item is made available under a Creative Commons License:||https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ie/|
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