Mental wellness in the workplace post-COVID-19 lockdown

Mental health and the workplace has been on the agenda for a while now, with people becoming more aware of charities such as MIND and recognising the importance of well-being and prominence of mental illness in our modern-day society. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the best companies have been paying close attention to the mental wellness of their staff and keeping communication channels open with employees working from home. 

From speaking to our clients, we can see the majority are going to great lengths to consider the needs of their employees and offer support where they can.

From reminding and encouraging employees about the support available in their benefits package, such as counselling sessions and mental wellness days, to running company-wide exercise classes and allowing employees to self-select their working hours to allow flexibility and suit their personal needs.

All of these measures are examples of corporate compassion and individual consideration in the business world. 

 

For those companies planning for colleagues to return to the office, we see careful planning around conversations prior to returning alongside ongoing support once reintegrated, specifically dedicated to maintaining mental wellbeing. 

Some of the approaches taken by companies we’ve spoken to, include;

  • Identifying those most vulnerable, isolated or effected by the lockdown and making them first priority to return to the office where appropriate.
  • Return to work interviews to address topics such as, how are they feeling/do they feel about returning? And what concerns do they have? 
  • Regular follow-up conversations once reintegrated to the office to offer support. 
  • Re-emphasising the “open door” policy for HR departments for anyone with queries or concerns. 

 

If you would like more information about what local companies are doing to help their employees mental wellness during this time, please contact us.
We’d be more than happy to share some ideas or discuss this further.