As businesses start to return to work as usual, you might have made some significant changes in your business that you and your people are still getting to grips with- from new working patterns ito deciding who to bring back from furlough or even make redundant and so much more.
After you’ve made those big decisions, you might feel like the outcome is as best as it can be under the current circumstances, but how do your employees feel about everything?
COVID-19 has been the huge curveball of 2020 and has massively affected business owners and their people. Before the pandemic, 1 in 6.8 people were already experiencing mental health problems in the workplace.
Coronavirus has now changed the working landscape significantly. People are facing growing financial uncertainty, questions that aren’t easy to answer, and anxiety about the future. Research shows that over two thirds of adults in the UK expressed concerns about how COVID-19 will have an impact on their life.
As their employer, they’ll turn to you for your support and it’s important that you prove to them that you’re there if, and when they need you. A healthy mind is paramount for a productive and engaged workforce. Do you know how your employees are feeling and what state their mental wellbeing is in? Do you take the necessary steps to make sure your people have the right support when they need it?
It’s important that you emphasise to your people that there’s no stigma around discussing mental health, and instead you should promote it and clearly communicate that you’re there to support your people all the time and not just when things are difficult.
This can be a big task so you should train your managers to be able to have those sensitive conversations with your employees as well, and you can offer your support and time to your managers in personal one-to-ones.
There are a lot of options for you to look at when supporting your staff, and sometimes the simplest gesture can go a long way. It’s important you analyse how much help your staff need so you’re able to provide them with the right level of support. Here are a few examples of what you can do to motivate and help your employees:
Supporting your employees during work time is crucial to maintain a happy and motivated workforce, but there are some uncertainties which you might not be able to reassure them of. They may have bigger problems on their mind – like financial and legal questions which they might not feel comfortable discussing with you. Teaming up with Bupa, we can provide an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that gives confidential answers to the most pressing questions around financial, legal, mental health and wellbeing matters, especially in these worrying times. It means you can support your people around the clock when it matters most. With our EAP service your employees will get:
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