Mental health awareness
Mental health awareness
Looking after your employees should be employers’ number one priority at the moment. We have included tips on how businesses can check in on their staff and make sure they are being supported from a mental health perspective during lockdown. Many are using their home to work and distinguishing the home from office is tough for lots of us, this lack of separation between these two realms can lead to increased stress levels.
In March 2020 many businesses went remote and had to adopt very quickly to a virtual way of working. This brings business challenges, but the pandemic will and is affecting staff in different ways. Checking in and offering wellbeing support should become a priority especially when the usual resources such as team meetings, chats around the coffee machine and lunch breaks have been removed for the time being.
A large number of employees are suffering with their mental health due to the pandemic with many businesses not aware of this. Using your home to work means employees are not truly escaping from the world of work.
Below are ideas on supporting the mental health of your employees:
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach
Communication should be open, and all employees should be given the opportunity to raise their concerns with the ability to ask for help. But it is important to remember that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. A team call daily will help some while a weekly lunch will help others. Bear in mind that you will not find the perfect solution straight away and this will be trial and error until you discover what works best.
5 minutes around the water cooler
A five-minute chat around the water cooler is what keeps many of us sane and entertained throughout the day. Those water cooler opportunities provide a chance to build rapport and reduce stress in-between formal lunch breaks and meetings.
Using your home to work does not mean you have to miss out on these. Kick-start your day with a coffee morning hosted on a platform such as Zoom. Mix it up and have it hosted by a different colleague each morning.
Some businesses are not aware that these are extremely beneficial especially for those who do not have a strong network within their homes. There are employees that live alone or house-sharing with people they don’t speak with often.
These coffee mornings should be optional to attend – this removes any social pressure but it also opens the doors naturally to talk about mental health.
Remove the mental health stigma
It is a sad fact; mental health is still a taboo topic. There are a surprising number of managers who are not trained to deal with mental wellbeing issues. Managers should not come across as checking up on someone during lockdown but more as a support mechanism for those employees who are struggling to adapt.
Mental health is just as important as physical health but it is often sadly ignored. Let’s talk together. Encourage your staff to talk openly about their experiences and provide them with the support networks and resources to do this.