The Acting Director General for the Institute for Public Administration (BIPA), Mr. Najm Salemeen, stressed on the importance of the institute’s studies aimed at developing government performance by linking them to the preparation of methodologies and mechanisms that touch the actual reality of employees and represent their job needs. This came on the occasion of the institute’s launch of a new study entitled “Promoting the Mental Health of Employees”, a national survey of 500 public and private sector employees.
Mr. Salemeen noted that the strategic objective of this study is to identify psychological factors affecting employees in the public sector, methods that increase their productivity after the Corona pandemic, and to learn how to develop an institutional working environment that in turn promotes the mental health of employees. The results of the survey also provide a scientific basis to help develop a mental health policy to help the staff in recovering from the effects of the corona pandemic.
Mr. Salemeen explained that the results of the study showed that 64% of the employees want to have a coach/guide following their return back to work sites, which proves that the importance of the psychological aspect of the employees following the pandemic has a great role in reorienting them back to the work environment. He added that this study comes in line with the return of life to normalcy in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and to understand the psychological affects faced by the employees, highlighting the difficulties related to actually returning to work, beginning with the importance of the impact of the psychological health of the employees on the quality and level of productivity in the government work system.
The study also pointed out that 36% of the public sector employees see that they do not need psychological support, while 26% of them see the need for psychological support to enable them to engage with their work properly while 46% of the employees see themselves accepting the decision to return to work and that their psychological state is stable, while 30% of the sample find themselves afraid to return and socialize with others, the study also showed that for 60% of the employees the nature of their work has to date not changed since the pandemic.