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Delta Variant Emerges As Big Inhibitor of Employee Return to the Workplace

Jul 23, 2021

CHICAGO, IL, July 22, 2021 / Safety concerns, feeling overwhelmed and child care challenges are complicating a return to the workplace for many employees. According to the latest ComPsych® Tell It Now ℠ poll, released by ComPsych, the world’s largest provider of comprehensive behavioral health and wellbeing solutions, worries about the Delta variant and getting sick are of greatest concern.

As employers continue plans to reopen offices and make clear expectations to return to the office this summer and fall, there are new mask orders in parts of the country and a rise of Delta variant cases.  

ComPsych asked employees what is your biggest concern? 

10% said “child care challenges and difficulty finding options”

50% said “I’m worried about the new Delta variant and getting sick”

33% said “I’m feeling overwhelmed at the thought of changes to my family routine”

3% said “Pet care challenges, I might have to give up my pet if I can’t find support”

3% said “I relocated during the pandemic and will have to return home”

“To the extent employers are able to offer support to manage both the feelings and logistics, this can go a long way to maintaining a healthy and productive workforce,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “It’s going to be a big adjustment for employees and the anxiety as a result of uncertainty and change is significant.  The leaders we partner with understand the increasingly important role they play in helping employees and their families identify and address anxiety and other mental health and wellbeing challenges.”




Jamie Stein

ComPsych Corporation


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