COVID-19 and HR's Wellbeing


COVID-19 has increased the workload of HR professionals, leading to a negative impact on their health and wellbeing 

Considering HR is the department in charge of maintaining organisational wellbeing, this is a worrying sign.
Unable to maintain their own wellbeing results in an increase in stress, ultimately leading to burnout.

In partnership with Dr. John Molineux FCPHR of Deakin University and Dr. Adam Fraser CSP, we surveyed 150 HR leaders between the 22 June and 1 July 2020, on their ongoing experiences resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


More than 1/3 of respondents suggested their organisation has stood down or made people redundant; considering this is an HR function it means more practitioners having difficult conversations more often.

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Globally, HR has been at the centre of the organisational response to COVID-19; from the very beginning to the present day. This research supports a number of trends that AHRI has observed throughout the pandemic, both through feedback from individual members and previous research.

A recurring theme has been the immense workloads that HR practitioners have faced, combined with the loss of connection that long periods of full-time remote working has caused. AHRI has consistently asked who is looking after HR as they look after the organisation, and this research has made this question even more pertinent.

The report highlights the need for organisations to improve workflows to better enable HR to manage not just their own wellbeing, but their whole organisation as well.


AHRI members can download the report below.

HR Wellbeing Report

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AHRI will continue to provide assistance and support to HR professionals throughout this period and beyond. AHRI members have access to a range of resources to help them manage their health and wellbeing.

Access these helpful resources:


Support Lines:

Beyond Blue
Manage daily life with Beyond Blue's Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service website.


A free, 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support service in Australia, providing mental health support and emotional assistance.