Employers must ensure that returning to work does not put undue pressure on workers’ mental health, says Charlotte O’Kane.

Over the past 18 months we have seen some major changes in the world of work, with staff and employers having to adapt to staff working from home, and then returning to workplaces following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. These changes in the work environment have increased the chances of workers suffering from work-related stress and employers should be mindful of their obligations in relation to their employees’ mental as well as physical health and safety.

Working from home can lead to increased isolation and stress among workers. However, a return to workplaces does not automatically alleviate those issues. Commuting to work and reintegration into the workplace can also lead to new stress, as people get used to navigating a ‘return to normal’ while the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

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