Living in isolation is difficult for the best of us. But when you layer that with a pandemic, it only makes it harder. As an employer, you’ll need to ensure mental health is a vital part of your employee engagement strategy during the pandemic. Here’s how:
Keep An Eye Out
Ensure those who have anxiety issues, problems with stress, or any mental health issues are supported remotely by supervisors and colleagues. But more importantly, they should have access to online or telephone counseling.
Offer Professional Support
Make telephonic/virtual counseling available to all employees – regardless of whether or not they have a history of mental health challenges. Such times are stressful for everyone.
Create A Circle Of Trust
Set up a support group of peers who can help each other through this time. Have HR check on the safety and well-being of people who live alone. You could even start a buddy system for everyone in office.
Any overly negative communication is best avoided in these times. Keep events light and competitions friendly. Ask managers to be sensitive to realities at home.
Keep Up The Conversation
Share stories via e-newsletters of how people are coping with the lockdown and dealing with challenges. Bulletins, podcasts, webinars can also be used to inform and educate. Send out handy info on self-care to ensure 360 wellness: cover sleep, hydration, fitness, healthy food hacks etc.
Enlist The Right Support
Mental health is a specialized field so getting it right is also about enlisting the right help. Rope in an experienced external health and wellness (H&W) partner to do the heavy lifting, including offering customized plans and access to specific domain experts.