MENTAL health will be one of the five major disruptors next year.
The others include ecopolitical turbulence, redefining duty of care practices, demand for trusted sources of health as well as security information and advice.
The single focus on Covid-19 will create risk blind spots.
These were the findings of a survey undertaken by Ipsos MORI for International SOS.
The findings show that mental health issues could cause a decrease in employee productivity.
It is likely to overtake infectious disease risks in 2021.
Those most concerned about mental health issues are from the Oceania.
More employees will likely be on sick leave due to mental health issues compared with Covid-19 symptoms.
This was seen by the risk professionals as an opportunity for organisations to actually prioritise mental health and recognise that it is actually just part of the framework of organisations and not an add-on, or weakness.
The report said leadership, in general, will need to be stronger and more empathetic with the workforce.
The World Health Organisation, in its own survey, has also found that the pandemic was causing major disruptions to critical mental health services in most countries.
In cases where the government is not perceived to have managed the pandemic successfully, there will be a higher likelihood of social unrest and anti-government sentiment, in addition to a hardening of pre-existing ideological divisions, according to the report.
The online survey covered 1,425 risk professionals across 99 countries and was conducted between Sept 22 and Oct 19,2020.
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