Roughly 66% of Canadians will feel more comfortable and happier about having fewer social interactions than they did before the pandemic, according to a recent LifeWorks survey.
Thus two-thirds of those surveyed had a mental health score two points higher than the national average, which also declined in February.
Conversely, 16% of Canadians surveyed would like to have more social interactions after this period of confinement and health restrictions.
“Obviously, people seem comfortable in having fewer social interactions, and while we are used to that, that doesn’t mean it’s the best thing in the long run. Before the pandemic, there was a general tendency to self-isolate more, which is a phenomenon that is gaining momentum now.” As explained Thursday in a press release, Paula Allen, global director and senior vice president of global research and wellbeing for LifeWorks.
The health crisis has also had an impact on Canadians’ career goals. Nearly half of the respondents indicated that they are considering a career change or shortened career.
The survey was conducted online with 3,000 Canadians from February 1-8, 2022.
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