In the current climate, the mental health and wellbeing of employees is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
We do not yet know exactly what the mental health impacts of COVID-19 will be. There are many factors to consider including the impact of the lockdown and ongoing restrictions such as social distancing and self-isolation. Some employees will be fearful about contracting the virus; others will be anxious about family and friends. There will also be fears about job security, returning to the workplace (including using public transport for commuting) and financial concerns.
Some employees are working longer or more irregular hours and many are combining working from home with home-schooling and other family responsibilities, leading to a poor work-life balance.
Employers and HR staff may wish to consider some of the following ways to help employees manage their mental health and wellness during these difficult times and beyond:
- Brief managers on the potential mental health implications of COVID-19 and their specific roles and responsibilities in relation to supporting staff.
- Communicate regularly on wellbeing and mental health support, wherever possible supported by activities that encourage physical, mental, financial and social wellbeing.
- Provide mental health awareness-raising activities – work towards a culture where is acceptable to talk about and seek support for poor mental health.
- Provide online training courses for those on furlough – here at HR Services Scotland Ltd, we offer a wide range of Online Training options to keep the mind busy and provide a sense of achievement upon completion – click here to see just some of the courses available.