Mental health and well-being are crucial from the moment we wake up and throughout our daily lives. They become even more important when dealing with personal challenges, work issues, or global crises like the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the workplace, you’re likely facing a host of changes and stressors, from suspending employees to managing remote work and navigating video calls. Here are some tips to help you and your employees transition to the new way of working while maintaining mental health and well-being:

  1. Communicate Clearly to Understand Employee Feelings

Start by asking your employees how they feel about the current situation. Before making any new work plans, find out if they prefer working from home or returning to the office. Consider their childcare arrangements, any personal impact from COVID-19, and their preferences for safety measures in the office or support for remote work.

  1. Implement an Official Employee Wellbeing Plan

Create a simple plan of action and provide tools to help employees understand what well-being means for them. Educate them on the symptoms of poor mental health and behavioural triggers, and offer steps to improve their mental health, such as meditation, physical exercise, or getting more sleep.

  1. Train Managers to Support Mental Health

First- and second-line managers should be trained to recognize symptoms of poor mental health and have conversations with affected staff. Supporting managers is crucial as they adapt to leading remote teams and may have their own concerns. Empowering them will strengthen your team and foster a sense of belonging among employees.

  1. Encourage Regular Breaks and Time Off

With increased workloads and fewer opportunities for travel, many employees are working longer hours without taking breaks. Encourage them to take time off to rest and refresh, especially if they are adjusting to a new remote work routine.

Supporting Your Employees’ Mental Health

The pandemic has brought anxiety and stress for everyone, including concerns about health and financial stability. Like Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” There is no one-size-fits-all solution for mental health, but a long-term commitment to your employees’ well-being can make a real difference. Simply caring for them, providing a safe platform for communication, and being there to listen can offer significant support.

In these times, taking these steps can help you support your employees and ensure your business thrives.

Ready to prioritise mental health in your workplace? Contact Fresh HR Insights for expert guidance and support. Let’s create a thriving, supportive work environment together! 📞✨