Although it’s a New Year, the challenges we faced in 2020 aren’t over yet.
Here's how to help your employees get through another lockdown...
With the news of another lockdown in the UK this week, your employees might be feeling more stressed or anxious than ever before. This isn’t just tough for your employees mental and physical health; it can be difficult for your business too. But this isn’t the first time we’ve all risen to the challenge and come through the other side.
We know from experience it will be important to help your employees manage the pressures we’re all facing as part of lockdown 3.0. From being more flexible with working hours, to looking at ways you can help your employees manage their stress, here’s just a few ways that you can help:
Helping Your Employees at Work:
Working from home has been the new normal for many across the country for a while now, whether that’s in a dedicated office space or working from a dining room table, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier now than it was last year. There are a few things you can do to help your employees:
Make sure they have access to the equipment they need
Many employees can do their job with just a laptop, but that’s not necessarily the best for their health. In fact, not having an office space set up correctly with the right equipment and furniture can cause physical problems such as back ache, or a sore neck. You might find some employees benefit from having an external screen (particularly when spreadsheets are involved!), keyboard or mouse.
Plus, spending long periods of time looking at a screen can cause its own set of problems. Encourage your employees to take regular short breaks away from their laptop.
Being flexible with working hours
Working from home has many benefits, including for many getting to avoid long commuting hours sat in traffic or on a train. But with schools now closed, many parents across the country will be balancing trying to work while looking after their kids. Try to be flexible with your employees and give them the trust to get their work done in hours that work for them.
Plus, this should be applied to all your employees, there might be some who are the most productive at the crack of dawn and will be doing their best work for you then.
Be open with your employees
It can be difficult for employees to feel that they can open up to their managers if they’re struggling, but that can be the best thing to do for both parties. Try to create a culture that promotes conversations around mental health. Let your employees know that your door is always open if they need it. And, if you offer mental health support, make sure this is well sign-posted.
Looking After Your Employees Wellbeing
Employee wellbeing doesn’t just stop when work hours are over. Key parts of keeping your employees happy and healthy are at home. From exercising, eating well and even socialising there are many things that contribute to keeping your employees physically and mentally well. Now that lockdown 3.0 is here, you might find many of your employees are struggling with some, or all of these aspects… so here are some top tips to support your employee’s wellbeing:
Exercise has many benefits, to both our mental and physical health. According to the NHS, exercise can cause chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood. With lockdown 3.0 in place, many of people might be out of their usual exercise routines. But there are still ways to get active.
- Encourage your employees to go for a walk in the day (if they stay local, that’s allowed even in lockdown!), this could be in place of their morning or evening commute, or they could get some fresh air on their lunch break
- Share links of your favourite online videos to follow. There are plenty of YouTube videos out there, from HIIT workouts, to dances or yoga, there’s something for everyone.
- Download our free Health and Wellbeing Pack which includes exercises you can do at home.
Consider an Employee Assistance Programme:
With an estimated 17.9 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2019/20 according to the Labour Force Survey, taking proactive steps to look after your employee’s mental health is more important than ever.
If you want to take your employee’s wellbeing to the next level with a real focus on mental health support, you don’t have to do it alone. We know it can seem overwhelming to want to bring in substantial help for your employees for whatever their needs are. That’s where we can come in.
Help support your employees when they need it most with an Employee Assistance Programme. From access to counselling services, cognitive behaviour therapy to stress management programmes and more, an Employee Assistance Programme can help provide the support your employees need when going through a difficult time. In return, you’ll have a much happier and healthy workforce with less days lost through illness, absence or presenteeism.
How We Can Support You Through Covid-19 and Beyond:
We know these are challenging times for you and your employees. If you want to learn more about the initiatives and steps you can take, why not get in touch with our team. They can help guide you through solutions and plans you can put in place to improve your employee’s wellbeing.