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Best Practices to Help Employers to Navigate the “New Normal”

Sep 04, 2020

Key Takeaways

  • COVID-19 has altered the way we live and has a profound impact on mental health.
  • Read about the “new normal” and why it is here to stay.
  • Learn how employers can reduce “re-entry anxiety” to society and the workplace.


The COVID-19 pandemic altered the way we live and work and has had a profound effect on the mental health of countless individuals. In fact, there’s growing evidence that mental health and substance use disorders may be the next pandemic we will face.


Overdose rates jumped month over month from the same time period in 2019.1

Overdose rates increased in March, April, and May of 2020.


Crisis intervention needs have also increased up to 800% in some areas of the U.S., suggesting that a risk of rise in suicide rates exists as well.2

While social isolation due to the pandemic is increasing the risk of anxiety and depression, people are suffering from ‘re-entry anxiety,' as well.3

The “new normal” is just that and is here to stay. Given the uncertainty of the virus and our lack of control over it, returning to pre-quarantine activities will likely require a great deal of flexibility, patience, and understanding.


Read More

To learn more, read Mental Health and Other Workplace Challenges Due to COVID-19   PDF opens in a new window.



  • 1“Coronavirus has caused a huge spike in drug overdoses nationwide.” The Washington Post, July 1, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/07/01/ coronavirus-drug-overdose/
  • 2https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2020/5/28/21272160/suicide-covid-19-pandemic-mental-health-expert-projections-university-of-utah
  • 3https://time.com/5850143/covid-19-re-entry-anxiety/


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