Around the world, employers are increasingly worried about the wellbeing issues presented by the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 represents an unprecedented challenge to the health and wellbeing of employees. As leaders, our job is to improve the well-being stamina of our workforce as we navigate a course through this extraordinary global challenge.
The World Health Organization has published Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Tips include:
- Ensure that good quality communication and accurate information updates are provided to all staff
- Rotate workers from higher-stress to lower-stress areas and functions
- Partner inexperienced workers with their more experienced colleagues – the buddy system helps to provide support, monitor stress, and reinforce safety procedures
- Initiate, encourage and monitor work breaks
- Implement flexible schedules for workers who are directly impacted or have a family member affected by a stressful event
- Ensure that you build in time for colleagues to provide social support to each other
- Ensure that staff are aware of where and how they can access mental health and psychological support services and facilitate access to such services
- Be a good role model for self-care strategies.
Wellbeing is now more than ever an integral part of the relationship between employer and employee. Workers’ mental wellbeing was already an issue of great concern to companies, given the risks and uncertainties inherent in a changing employment landscape.