Never before have the lines between work and home been so blurred as in 2020. As people were forced
to shift into remote work practically overnight–at the peak of a pandemic, no less–anxiety and stress
reached new levels.
Staying home while trying to juggle work, childcare, schooling, and unpredictable finances has taken its
toll on working families.
Mental health has become one of the biggest challenges for employees and employers to manage with
the continuously evolving work dynamic. Organizations are realizing that they must address all aspects
of employee health, including stress and anxiety, in order to avoid a decline in productivity and prevent
work burnout. From a positive perspective, the pandemic has amplified conversations around mental
health that weren’t necessarily in the spotlight before.
So what role should organizations play in employee mental health? What types of support are
employees asking for? Can AI and other technology help meet the mental health challenges we are
facing, just as it has proven to be a solution for keeping people connected in digital workspaces?
To find out, Oracle partnered with research firm Workplace Intelligence to survey more than 12,000 employees, managers, HR leaders, and C-level executives across 11 countries. The results revealed eye-opening shifts in thinking. For example, 82% of people believe robots can support their mental health better than humans and 68% would prefer to talk to a robot over their manager about stress and anxiety at work. Also, they discovered three quarters of employees believe their company should be doing more to protect the mental health of their workforce.