In all industries, the well-being of employees has improved during the coronavirus pandemic, as concluded by Dutch bank ABN AMRO based on the results of their first ‘Sectoriale Welzijnsmonitor’ (Sectorial Well-Being Monitor). The well-being of employees in 17 different industries was monitored by examining a large number of variables, including the balance between private and professional life, personal development, safety and climate. In the years directly preceding 2020, there was only a slight improvement in the well-being of employees. Last year, however, it suddenly skyrocketed by 12%. This is surprising, especially given the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The large improvement in well-being is probably due to a better balance between private and professional life, most likely the result of working from home. Moreover, there were fewer reports of conflicts, burn-outs and bullying at work.
However, there is still much to be improved in terms of equal opportunities. For example, in many industries there are still large differences in pay received by men and by women. Moreover, highly-educated employees are more often given the opportunity to following training or educational programs than low-educated employees.