Employee Mental Health and Coronavirus

This current situation with Coronavirus has affected people’s lives in many ways. Many people are now isolating and working from home and many people will be worried about the impact on their lives and health. It is now more important than ever for us to be mindful of our own mental health and others.

As an employer, it is important to recognise the impact the current situation may have on your employees’ mental health and look at how you can support your team’s wellbeing.

While many may be enjoying the new routine of working from home (no long, busy commute) and may even be working more efficiently. As the days and weeks of isolation roll on, continuing to be stuck at home can become daunting.

For others, isolating and working from home can be a stressful experience, especially if others live at home, particularly small children. Distractions may mean staying focussed is difficult.

Others may feel anxious and depressed. They may be worried about their job security, financial position and health. And for some, it can be a lonely experience. They miss the interaction with friends and colleagues and daily routine.

 

How Can Employers Help their Employees?

Several Mental Health organisations and the NHS have all published information and resources regarding mental health and Coronavirus. It may be useful to share these resources (see below) with your employees whilst also reassuring them they can speak to you when they need to.

CCRS have also put together a CCRS Mental Health and Coronavirus that you may find useful to share with employees.

Be as open and honest as possible with your staff. Explain to them the current situation and how it is affecting the business and answer any questions they may have to help reduce their worry.

Keep in regular contact with your staff whether it be by phone, MS Teams or a conference call facility such as Zoom or Skype. Organise regular team meetings and 1-2-1s and ensure they are scheduled in advance.

If your organisation has any wellbeing support available, make sure your employees know how to access it or point them in the direction of useful online resources.

Here are some useful links:

NHS –  Coronavirus Staying at Home Tips

Gov.uk – Guidance for Employees

Britsafe.org – Coronavirus Resources

Mind.org – Coronavirus Support

 

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