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Fear of the Unknown

Fear of the unknown is part and parcel of what it means to be human.

The fire that our ancestors gathered around at night-time would have represented warmth, safety and security. The darkness outside of this would have represented uncertainty, precarity and danger that could jeopardise our survival at the hands of some unknown force. These instincts that have been hardwired into our psyche over millennia are perhaps one of the forces driving the results of our latest Omnibus survey-

Of those Irish adults who have not yet returned to work, only 16% surveyed are looking forward to returning with just under half (48%) claiming that they are dreading the return. Yet, of those who have returned to the workplace, over half (54%) say that it has been a positive experience.

When the lights in your office are switched back on for the first time, perhaps the silhouette of that sabre tooth lion will vanish and be replaced by a much less threatening kitten, and you will wonder why you worried at all..

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