Despite a hustle culture that may be pervasive in some offices, people are now more knowledgeable about how workaholism can take a toll on your health – especially your mental health. According to the Chief Human Resources Officer at payroll software company Paycor, Paaras Parker (via Bloomberg), mental health-related leave has seen a rise in her own company. “It’s not necessarily that they have strep or a fever, but that they need a day for themselves,” she shared.
It’s not just employees that are seeing the importance of mental health days. Companies are, too.
Furthermore, according to a different study done by WFH Research, the hybrid work environment brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic could be causing more people to work from home, especially if they’re not feeling their best. As explained by population health leader at insurance company WTW, Jeff Levin-Scherz, (via Bloomberg), “People clearly feel more comfortable working from home when they’re coughing or when their nose is very stuffy. If they feel well enough to work, they can feel more comfortable knowing they’re not going to pass anything to anybody else.” Other interesting findings of the Flamingo Leave Tracker research include February being named the sickest month of the year, closely followed by April and December.