Managing employee mental health in the post-COVID workplace
Mental health challenges are expected to be far more commonplace in the post-COVID-19 world, and they can have a significant impact on employee productivity and engagement.
Several months of lockdown and isolation can cause damage to our psychological and mental health. Mental health challenges are expected to be far more commonplace in the post-COVID-19 world, and they can have a significant impact on employee productivity and engagement. As companies discuss the possibilities and solutions associated with re-entering the workplace, they must consider the stress and anxiety the recent pandemic has put on their workforce.
Organizations must recognize that the mental well-being of the workforce is paramount in sustaining a healthy workplace experience. Their focus should be on creating an environment where employees can succeed and remain engaged.
1. Implement inspiring workplace experiences
Corporate leaders can develop and implement strong workplace experiences to demonstrate genuine care for our colleagues’ well-being. By recognising mental stresses and the very real positive or negative effects that they can have on the individual, team, and company; it will improve performance and productivity.
2. Emphasize a flexible work schedule
A flexible schedule can allow employees the ability to complete their job responsibilities while taking care of themselves. Employees who take part in flexible work schedules feel greater job satisfaction because they have more control over their schedule and work responsibilities.
3. Acknowledge the balance of work and life responsibilities
By creating a culture and environment that acknowledges the balance between work and life employees will find more job satisfaction. They will be more engaged and productive knowing others understand their responsibilities at home and work are equally important.
3. Communicate to avoid misinformation
We live in a digitally connected world where all the information we need is at the tips of our fingers. While this can be empowering, it can also be overwhelming –information and disinformation can be difficult to distinguish. Employers can be an important facilitator of the right information and support to their entire workforces, wherever they are and on any device.
As remote working becomes the norm for many – whether or not combined with a phased return to the office – digital services can provide immediate access to the support, tools, and guidance each individual needs to look after their mental wellbeing. The locate global platform has several key features designed to aid employee wellbeing and satisfy ‘duty of care’.
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