Earlier this month, countries around the globe observed World Mental Health Day—designed to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health in one’s personal and work lives. Yet a rash of surveys have painted a bleak picture of workers’ mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And in many of those surveys, a managerial trend is evident: Supervisors struggle not only with their own COVID-19-related stress, but also that of their workers.

“We saw that managers feel a great deal of pressure and responsibility for their teams and how they’re doing, and that managers continue to be looked to as a source of support,” said Reetu Sandhu, senior manager of research at Limeade, an employee experience software company in Bellevue, Wash., that released one of the surveys. “They’re not only feeling that pressure, but also navigating their own reality [during the pandemic].”

This article was published by Dana Wilkie of SHRM on October 22, 2020. You can view the full article here.